He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut or Save the Males?

July 15, 2008

It’s always interesting to see what blog posts will bring to light. Last week in Sex and the City and A Few (More) Good Books, I posted a list of books compiled by colleagues and others that made for good summer reading and that portray women in a positive and/or strong light. This morning I received a link to yesterday’s New York Times Book Review and the review “Endangered Species or Still the Enemy?” by Liesl Schillinger.

Schillinger reviews both Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care, by Kathleen Parker, and He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, by Jessica Valenti. While they may not have been on my original reading list, the books’ extreme viewpoints on women (and men) certainly caught my attention. Now I’m off to the bookstore for my own “internal review” to browse through them and decide whether or not to purchase them.

Speaking of extreme viewpoints, I can’t resist pointing out another interesting read. At AAUW’s 2003 annual convention, Julianne Malveaux, a Democrat and president of Bennett College, and Deborah Perry, a Republican political commentator and the founder and president of the Education Consortium, spoke and provided an interesting and provocative portrayal of both sides of the political spectrum. Their book, Unfinished Business: The 10 Most Important Issues Women Face Today, brought together different perspectives that hadn’t been written about in such a manner previously and, I think, is still worth the read today.

But back to Save the Males. I can’t resist putting an AAUW perspective on this. If you haven’t yet read our blog post The Facts on Pay Equity, don’t forget to check it out. It discusses not only our study Behind the Pay Gap but also Sen. Barack Obama’s comments last week on women and pay equity. And if you have read either Parker’s or Valenti’s book, let us know what your thoughts are. Controversy always makes for interesting conversation!

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1 Comment

  1. Fran Homen says:

    Let me know what your thoughts are about Jessica Valenti’s book.

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