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Sex Roles

, Volume 60, Issue 5–6, pp 447–450 | Cite as

Victim Power

Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men? A Debate. Point/Counterpoint Series. Warren Farrell with Steven Svoboda vs. James P. Sterba. Edited by James P. Sterba. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, 258 pp. $17.95 (paperback). ISBN 978-0-19-531283-6
  • Daphne Patai
Book Review
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In this volume in Oxford’s Point/Counterpoint Series (edited by James P. Sterba), Warren Farrell and James Sterba take opposing positions on the question posed in the title. Farrell gets the first half of the book, and goes through thirteen key issues item by item: men’s studies; power; the military; health and mortality; domestic violence; rape, sex, and love; the criminal justice system; work and earnings; the double day; marriage, divorce, and child custody; popular culture and the media; and bias in schools. This is followed by Sterba’s take on the same thirteen issues: Finally, each part has a concluding chapter, “The Future of Feminism and Men.”

To address these large topics in a book of only 250 pages is indeed a challenge, and it is not surprising that many chapters are highly schematic. Nor does each author always focus on the same issues, chapter titles notwithstanding. Sterba, for example, introduces a discussion of pornography, which Farrell does not address at all. Thus,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA

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