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Hating Women: America's Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex

by Shmuley Boteach

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I was initially excited about the title as I thought that it might provide insight into current barriers and problem areas regarding inter-gender communications. On its face, the book offers to examine gender issues and the ways in which women are subjugated and objectified. As I trudged through the reading, I found out that the author (Schmuley Boteach) isn't as concerned with gender issues as he is with attempting to preserve his own lifestyle by attempting to grant it some form of moral superiority (while openly condemning the secular world).

Boteach's writing clearly lacks a valuable female perspective. Throughout Hating Women he presents little more than his own opinion. The ideas are not cited or supported by any references to analytical literature and in some instances Boteach goes so far as to use the book as a marketing platform for his other titles. I don't mean to discredit Boteach's opinion, clearly it has value as does anyone's, but relying so heavily on his own ideas distracts from his credibility.

There are elements of truth peppered throughout the book and I'd be lying if I said it didn't force me to challenge some of my own preconceptions with regard to gender relations. Hating Women simply wasn't the book for me. I was hoping for something that was more deeply analytical, something that objectively weighed opposing viewpoints, and something that genuinely made me a more well-read person on the topic. What I got was a book written by an individual who is revered as a "talking head" on relationship issues and a book that was very much dedicated to a styling indicative of the crisis setting that he is accustomed to conversing in.

If you are looking to better understand communications and what can pose limitations in inter-gender communications, this isn't your book. If you are looking to understand some of the secularist vs. traditionalist debate when it comes to gender, you might find this book of more value. Don't expect to walk away with information on more complex gender issues (homosexuality or gender as a social construct), it's simply not there. Hating Women focuses largely on romantic relationships and the social norms that the author finds to be devolving. ( )
1 vote josh.oconner | Jun 6, 2010 |
I bought Hating Women to help me with my research paper. It's very timely, current, with all the references to recent movies and TV shows and whatnot. Boteach presents good evidence on how exactly "America's hostile campaign against the fairer sex" is actively ruining society's perception of women. His writing style, however, annoyed me at times. He uses a number of inappropriate words to describe character stereotypes, like "bitch", "bimbo", and so on, and often will resort to over-the-top sensationalist writing. While the subject of the book is of course no small matter, as I read this it almost felt like exaggeration. Boteach criticizes many well-known movies for misogyny, and some are justified. But at times I felt like he was seriously overreacting, like when he bashes Renee Zellweger's character in the 2003 film "Down With Love" for believing that women should become entities entirely independent from men and should remove the emotional aspect from sex.

Nonetheless, the book is brave, and Shmuley Boteach has reason to stand up for this cause, having his own daughters to protect. The book is angry, and shameless, but yes, it's brave. Not a really good book for research papers, but okay for just reading. ( )
  NeverNots | May 6, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060834153, Paperback)

From the author of the internationally bestselling Kosher Sex. A wake-up call about the growing trend of misogyny in our culture-as evidenced by the flood of reality TV shows, ads, and lyrics that portray women as brainless bimbos, or worse

Shmuley Boteach, the social commentator and outspoken relationship guru, shares his grave concerns about our society's growing contempt for women. Turn on the television: Reality TV shows such as The Bachelor, For Love or Money, and Average Joe boost their ratings by showing attractive women in competition for one man, one man's money, or both. On a "quest for true love," these women quickly devolve into a pit of vipers-and millions of Americans tune in each week for more. During commercial breaks, women are objectified to sell beer, cars, and every other product under the sun. Flip on the radio: Women are bitches, hos, and gold diggers, at least if you listen to the rap lyrics pumping out into our mass consciousness. And female pop stars like Britney and Madonna, says Boteach, have pushed the envelope past provocative and into the downright pornographic. 'Tween girls across the country follow their lead, and standards for how women should be treated plummet.

Perhaps one of the most troubling aspects of this trend, he says, is women's complicity in their own degradation. Either they've become resigned to base stereotypes, or worse, they've bought into these mass market values (hence the deluge of shows like The Swan and Extreme Makeover, on which female contestants insist they need a new nose, teeth, or boobs to feel a positive sense of self-esteem). "There are strong consequences," writes Boteach, "in a world where men have no respect for women and women have no respect for themselves."

Greedy gold diggers, brainless bimbos, publicity prostitutes, and backstabbing bitches-are these the stereotypes we want our sons and daughters bombarded by as they grow up? Hating Women offers a vision of how we can correct this downward spiral-along with a strong argument for why we absolutely must.

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From the author of the internationally bestselling Kosher Sex. A wake-up call about the growing trend of misogyny in our culture-as evidenced by the flood of reality TV shows, ads, and lyrics that portray women as brainless bimbos, or worse. Shmuley Boteach, the social commentator and outspoken relationship guru, shares his grave concerns about our society's growing contempt for women.… (more)

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