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The Myth of Male Power

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Dr. Warren Farrell has embarked upon an extraordinary mission that concerns us all - to bring the sexes back together. Backed by a stunning array of facts, The Myth of Male Power shatters the singular assumption that most keeps men and women apart - the belief that men have the power. This myth, says Dr. Farrell, hurts everyone - by making women feel oppressed and angry an ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Berkley Trade (first published August 1st 1993)
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Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I usually abhor the argument of "the fact that people complain so much about [ideology] is why it's so necessary!" because it's a stupid rationalization, yet somehow I found myself thinking that as I read the other reviews for this book. The fact that people refuse to listen to Farrell's well-articulated and reasonable arguments simply because he's not arguing for feminism is incredibly disappointing, especially since he prefaces the book by saying that he used to be all for feminism (which he h ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think that females are the only ones with problems
Shelves: reviewed
So I picked up The Myth of Male Power with one goal in mind. I wanted to hear about the female privileges that have been overlooked by feminists and society.

Now keep in mind, I’m not anti-feminist or anything like that. I’ve been interested somewhat in feminism ever since following a youtuber known as FeministFrequency. While I disagree with her views sometimes, I find them interesting to hear. (Plus, my girlfriend is also a feminist.) But my real concern came when I was on tumblr. There are s
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
i tried to read this book because I was on a mission to find one MRA that wasn't a total misogynist. Little do they realize feminism fights for many "men's issues" but I digress.

I barely got through the first 2 chapters before pitching it. I threw out a book! That is how awful I thought it was. The examples Warren Farrell uses to demonstrate his point are very very outdated. I know the first edition of this book was in early '90s but many of his examples lack sources and are completely irreleva
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one, just read Paul Kivel
Recommended to Matt by: my shrink, I kid you not
Sigh. There are some good points in here about how sexism affects men, but sometimes Farrell gets really whiny. By the end he goes off the deep end, likening state-funded abortions to women killing men so that they can kill their fetuses.
The main problem is the either-or perspective. Sexism affects *either* men *or* women.
This book is more useful if the reader has the intelligence to see it from a both-and perspective. Sexism affects both men and women. Otherwise it's a lame attempt at a Leide
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Extremely interesting book, written by a man who was a former member of the NOW Board of Directors. His disillusionment with the feminist movement is clear because of how it attacked men rather than promoting women. Every man should read this book! See also The War Against Boys.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps one of the best books I've ever read. If you want to understand men - not superficially, but on a real and deep level - and their issues, this is THE book to read. The best part of Dr. Farrell's approach is that his book is not an attack on feminsm; rather, he simply puts all the facts into a perspective that promotes empathy and understanding between both sexes.

This is what the women's liberation movement should have been and what the men's rights movement ought to strive for.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book takes a giant steaming dump on feminism in a gentle and soothing way. A+
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
This book challenges the fundamental assumption of feminism--that men have more power than women. To do this, what it actually does is shows the powerlessness underlying the ways that men are traditionally considered powerful. Men have more physical strength, but they're far more likely than women to be victims of violence, murder, and suicide. Men earn more money and hold more positions of authority, but they're also expected to if they hope for women to love them. Women may be the "second sex" ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to DMD by: book club
I could not stand this book but I had to read it for my book club. The author claims these conclusions but does not support them. Yes, he has a lot of footnotes but the majority are not from reputable sources and he does not expand on the research. He also makes these crazy correlations (comparing the draft to abortions being legal) without a rational reason for doing so which undermines his arguments. This book had the potential to create discussion on the double standard of feminism and althou ...more
Jacqueline Allain
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Farrell makes a few valid points, but overall, The Myth of Male Power is excessively repetitive and simplistic, sometimes to the point of being ridiculous (e.g. I hardly consider men's "having" to pay for dinner for women an example of male persecution). For a more nuanced, self-aware analysis of masculinity, I would recommend anything by Michael Kimmell, Kenneth Clatterbaugh, and/or Michael Kauffman.
D.M. Dutcher
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A book that makes you think by reversing the cultural assumptions we hold dear.

Farrell's point is that what we see as male power is actually male slavery. It's a counter-intuitive argument, but a chilling one.

1. Men are socialized to kill and be killed in order to protect women.
2. While women are paid less, this is because they avoid jobs that have many characteristics that are harmful. Something like 24 out of 25 of the worst jobs to work in are male only, and a lot of the underpaid jobs are be
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism, men
I've grown up and worked in an environment where women have had a strong influence. Many years of working with, and for, women in an environment dominated by Affirmative Action and "diversity" programs had strongly sensitized me to women's concerns about the oppression of women by men. But there's another side to the story and Warren Farrell's book tells it well. He doesn't deny the women's side, but shows that, although men and women have not been "equal" in all respects, men have borne many se ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
من أذكى الكتب التي قرأتها وأكثرها وعياً في التعاطي مع موضوع النسوية والذكورية. يسلط النسوي السابق ويرن فارل الضوء على ما يسميه "خرافة سلطة الرجل". إذ يرى أنه لا وجود لهذه السلطة، وأن ما قد يظهر لنا كسلطة وقوة هو في الحقيقة ضعف. يتحدث الكاتب أيضاً عن حقيقة كانت غائبة بالنسبة لي وهي فكرة The Disposable Male أو الذكر الذي يمكن الإستغناء عنه. ببساطة يذكر فارل أن الذكر في مسيرة البشر التاريخية كان هو الجنس "الأرخص"، اذ كانت وظيفته الوحيدة الحفاظ على حياة الإناث والأطفال حتى لو كان ذلك على حساب حياته ...more
Arun Mahendrakar
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There were quite a few scenarios in the book for which I went 'wow.. never thought of it like that'. Dr Farrell's ability to back up his statements by providing actual numbers makes is even more convincing.

Most of the times, books on similar topics stay limited to the US (as most of the authors I've read so far are from the US), but while reading this book, a good number of arguments posed by the author are valid even outside the US.

Highly recommended.

"Women have the right to children but men ha
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While on the surface this book seems to be written from the perspective of the Men's Rights Activist, it's actually very fair when presenting its ideas. This is third wave feminism - no more blame games or excuses, just reasons men and women need to communicate and treat each other fairly and with respect.
David M
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This books isn't well written, but it's provocative and valuable. As a gay man, I felt like a lot of these issues don't affect me directly. Still, I used to be more of a hardline feminist (Andrea Dworkin was a favorite author!) and have become dissatisfied with that position in recent years. I'm not about to become a men's rights activist, but found this book to be an important corrective to a lot of the reflexive man-shaming that passes as leftist culture.
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
The feminist paradigm is a bit skewed.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book has truly changed me, so how can I rate it anything but amazing? In the days during and since reading it, I find myself more readily accepting a more nuanced understanding of the struggles that men face and how those struggles affect their behavior. I have gained in compassion and have a new lens with which to ponder and examine life and just noticing what's always been there around me. I certainly don't agree with everything Farrell has to say, and there are some ways Farrell ...more
Michael Palkowski
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necessary and provocative analysis offering loads of interesting statistical evidence to back up theoretical considerations of disposability, spending obligation gaps, stage one functional paradigms et al
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book, so happy to have the special edition!
Simcha Wood
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warren Farrell's The Myth of Male Power is a difficult book to rate. On the one hand, it is a book with an important message that people in contemporary America really should read. On the other hand, though, it does suffer from some weaknesses in both content and tone that risk detracting the reader from the overall message.

First the bad. Dr. Farrell's book provides numerous statistics to back up his arguments. Overall, this does make Dr. Farrell's arguments more substantive and forceful. Howeve
Amy VanHym
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A few years ago, I read a selection from The Myth of Male power, titled "Man as Nigger," at a Freedom To Read event at a local coffee shop. The point of the event was to read from banned and controversial texts at the open mic. Other participants read from texts that were once controversial but are no longer (mostly feminist, some anti-war), and through all of that, the audience remained respectfully silent. I chose to read "Man as Nigger" because it was controversial at the very time of the rea ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the most important, eye-opening books I've ever read. I watched the documentary "The Red Pill" and was pretty interested in a lot of the information that was brought up so I decided to dig a little deeper and read this book. I honestly never really expected to even finish it because I haven't been that interested in gender issues in the past, but I couldn't put this book down. It took me a long time to finish it because every page was stuffed with so many new ideas that I ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take your mind back, I don't know when
Sometime when it always seemed to be just us and them
Girls that wore pink and boys that wore blue
Boys that always grew up better men than me and you

What's a man now? What's a man mean?
Is he rough or is he rugged cultural and clean
Now it's all changed it's got to change more
We think it's getting better but nobody's really sure

And so it goes, go round again
But now and then we wonder who the real men are

See the nice boys dancing in pairs
Golden earring, golden t
Joanne Annabannabobanna
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: None
Recommended to Joanne by: Son
Arguments unsupported. And unsupportable.
Avoids the reality of women's lived lives.
Patently ridiculous statements/arguments on nearly every page.
Surely there are are far more up-to-date books on the subject. Perhaps written by a team of one woman and a man...

Nov 28, 2010 added it
188 For different reasons, few whites or blacks are willing even to discuss how the use of the black male as a field slave required a greater dependency on physical strength for most black men than it did for most black women--and that it is physical strength that current technology makes increasingly irrelevant. Similarly, when white females or males worked hard, their families benefited. But when black females or males worked hard, someone else benefited. So for the white person, hard work mea ...more
Nathan Albright
Apr 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: challenge2017
I suppose it my own fault that I was curious about reading this book in the first place. I saw this book on my roommate's bookshelf and was a bit puzzled as to what was meant by its curious and enigmatic title. Was the book making some sort of feminist critique of male power and dominance as is common in these days? Not really. This book was certainly a critique of marriage law and godly morality, but it was written from the point of view of showing men as the victims of changed sexual politics, ...more
José Monico
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
As the title might indicate, this book attempts to level itself down with the feminist movement in an attempt to de-bunk various social norms that are not questioned due to the veil of 'male power', or patriarchy. Warren makes it clear that it is crucial - for him - to properly define normative stances, since even such identity titles as 'feminist' or 'humanist' have an array of inner-complex views that differ, and clash from sect to sect. He claims that his identification with feminism only goe ...more
G. Branden
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
It's been 21 years since I read this, so I don't recall much in detail.

Mainly what I recollect is a fairly sensible case for the proposition that patriarchy is one of many forms of authoritarianism, and as such it tends to mulch men in roughly equal numbers to women--sometimes in different ways. Would you rather be a domestic chattel or hanging on the wire in no man's land? Or is this a false dilemma that divides and conquers?

What's the good of having an authoritarian hierarchy if you can't conc
V.C. Remus
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Warren Thomas Farrell is an American educator, activist and author of seven books on men's and women's issues.

He came to prominence in the 1970s, championing the cause of second wave feminism, and serving on the New York City Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW). However, he left NOW and is now recognized as an important figure in the modern men's movement.

His books cover ten fields:
“Men’s greatest weakness is their facade of strength, and women’s greatest strength is their facade of weakness.” 35 likes
“I am a men's liberationist (or "masculist") when men's liberation is defined as equal opportunity and equal responsibility for both sexes. I am a feminist when feminism favors equal opportunities and responsibilities for both sexes. I oppose both movements when either says our sex is THE oppressed sex, therefore, "we deserve rights." That's not gender liberation but gender entitlement. Ultimately, I am in favor of neither a women's movement nor a men's movement but a gender transition movement.” 30 likes
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