Ahhh yes, a book detailing why being a man isn’t such a “great deal” as you might think. Coming from a background of academic psychology and a fair “pot pourri” of social sciences I’ve heard and met plenty of “man bashers” over the years from the time in college when I was told (amazingly with a straight face) that all men are “fundamentally sexist” and being a woman is to be dealt the “losing hand of life” so I was very interested to read this book.
It’s written by Peter Lloyd who is a London based journalist and writes for a number of the United Kingdom’s newspapers, although that sadly includes the truly atrocious Daily Mail but we’ll have to forgive him for that I guess (if you’re not familiar with the Daily Mail it’s bordering on a newspaper consisting of heavily biased and controversial articles at this moment in time this includes a lot of “all people on benefits are scroungers” type material, the website is basically “click bait” type material. In his defence he does write for the Guardian and Telegraph as well which are vast improvements on the Daily Mail.
The book covers, in some detail, some of the cons of being a man: Media portrayal of being “stupid”, the “stupid dad” myth; conscription, circumcision (I have no experience of this thank God and if you come near my penis with anything “choppy” I will be extremely “unpleasant”); the men can’t multi-task myth (uh huh have you ever worked in a professional kitchen as a chef? I have); fathers being regularly shafted (metaphorically, not with genitalia); male rape; health inequality and much more.
The material is presented in a light hearted way to be accessible but backed up by academic research and input from experts. The reality of course is that the differences between genders (apart from the obvious “attachments” and whole birth thing) are actually very small, we are much the same, and as such should be equal, but women should not have equality at the cost of men and vice versa (don’t even start me on what I think of “positive discrimination”).
A very very good book, a good read, not too long winded and men should read it and teach their sons the truth.
For the record I read the Kindle version but it’s available as a traditional book as well.
I give it 9 out of 10 without hesitation.