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Save the Males: Why Men Matter; Why Women Should Care

by Kathleen Parker

Rated: Moderate

Men. In the quest for equality women have trampled, maimed, and nearly destroyed the Y chromosome and its value in today’s society. The campaign against men has progressed so far that a women can bear children and never have to speak to one of those hairy, nasty brutes.

The news that the patriarch is on its deathbed will no doubt incite certain factions to join in a victory dance. Kathleen Parker, syndicated opinion columnist, who was raised by her father and is a mother of a pack of boys, calls attention to the heavy casualties and questions the wisdom in systematically emasculating half the population.

In a world where men are portrayed as either bumbling idiots or sex-crazed maniacs, Parker concludes the biggest losers are children. Kids lose their fathers, never witness a healthy relationship, and are unknowingly conscripted into the ongoing gender war. Boys never learn to be men, and girls never learn what a real man should look like.

Readers of newspaper opinion pages will recognize Kathleen Parker as one of the few women who is both a feminist and a conservative. Her quick wit and sarcasm are usually kept in check by editors of her syndicated column, but Parker lets her hair down for Save the Males and doesn’t pull any punches. She knocks you off your feet with her insights and hits you with a good dose of hilarity.

Save the Males is controversial from start to finish. It will provoke hard-core feminists to label Parker a traitor to the sisterhood, while everyone who thought they escaped feminist indoctrination will realize they didn’t.

Rated: Moderate. Mild language is sprinkled throughout the book. The content of the first several chapters is tame — covering issues like divorce, child custody, and the public school system’s attempt to make boys act more like girls. Chapters 5 to 7 deal with America’s sexually charged society — including frank discussions of vagina worship, pornography, and today’s “hook-up” culture. Parker makes a blunt, honest presentation of these issues and is equally forthright about the serious consequences that result from such cultural permissiveness. While the book is never lurid, the sexual nature of the subject matter cannot be concealed.

— Reviewed by Natalie Gowen

Natalie Gowen is a freelance writer based in beautiful Colorado. The political science graduate and mother of two boys authors a blog, so her family doesn’t have to bear the brunt of the passionate discourses bouncing around inside her head.

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  • Save the Males: Why Men Matter; Why Women Should Care
  • by Kathleen Parker
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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