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The Guy's Guide to Feminism: A Guy's Guide to Feminism from A to Z [Paperback]

Michael Kimmel , Michael Kaufman

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5 Nov 2011
In just one generation, age-old ideas about women have been swept aside ...but what does that have to do with men? Authors Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel, two of the world's leading male advocates of gender equality, believe it has everything to do with them--and that it's crucial to educate men about feminism in order for them to fully understand just how important and positive these changes have been for them. Kaufman and Kimmel address these issues in The Guy's Guide to Feminism. Hip and accessible, it contains nearly a hundred entries--from "Autonomy" to "Zero Tolerance"--written in varying tones (humorous, satirical, irreverent, thoughtful, and serious) and in many forms ("top ten" lists, comics, interviews, mini-stories, and more). Each topic celebrates the ongoing gains that are improving the lives of women and girls--and what that really means for men. Informal and fun yet substantive and intelligent, The Guy's Guide to Feminism illustrates how understanding and supporting feminism can help men live richer, fuller, and happier lives.

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"From sexist ads to honor killings, there are seventy-plus feminist issues explained in The Guy's Guide to Feminism--a relevant, inclusive, funny, and straight-to-the-point explanation of how and why feminism improves life for the male half the the world, too." --Gloria Steinem "The Michael K's have created an admirably accessible guide for guys to understand and embrace the other (often more incendiary) F-word. And it's even funny. Quite remarkable. Everyone knows feminists have no sense of humor!" --Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q on CBC radio and TV "The Guy's Guide to Feminism is the book for guys on how to be more authentic and fight for a more just world." --Courtney Martin, editor of Feministing.com "Feminism touches everyone, everyday. Kaufman and Kimmel guide us through a conversation that is imperative in our society--and they do it with clarity and humor." --Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Fame Quarterback, now social educator

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Talking points 16 April 2014
By D. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is little more than a list of tired talking points and hypotheticals. They do not delve in any depth into any gender issues, and it is HORRIBLY slanted.

Make no mistake, this is not "The Guy's Guide to Feminism." It's, "Dude, Stop Being a Misogynist, the Only Cure is Feminism!"

It's certainly worth a read, but only if you're willing to do more research than this book. Do not take anything said in it at face value. This is not informative, it is propaganda.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a dictionary than a book 21 Feb 2014
By Claymon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book, organized like a dictionary, exposes a lot of the things that are good and bad about feminism; especially for a male that is capable of thinking for himself. I give the book three stars because it was a good read, even though about three fifths of the book is garbage. A lot of the sections were cleverly disguised rants. Seriously, those three fifths of garbage are supposed to be funny but often assume that males are ignorant, sexist, and unaware of any inequalities that exist in this world. A sports theme in a book about equality and gender roles that is targeting males is silly. It makes me wonder if the authors were just trying to sell more books by buying into the stereotyping that is discouraged within its pages. Hmmmmm.....The book is also written from a perspective that sees women as the victim on every single topic. A little more effort and discussion into the issues would have been appreciated. The other two fifths of the book actually provide valuable insights into the history of the treatment of women in society. Unfortunately problems of the past are used to fight a modern battle here. The authors don't cite any of their informational sources (pretty much only credit photos used) so guys, you're expected to blindly trust their PHDs and resumes. (You trust everything your professors have ever told you about social issues right?). I'm giving the book three stars because it was so full of garbage that it inspired me to further educate myself about social issues.

Bottom Line: The book contains a ton of silly garbage, however if you can look past the piles of trash located in its pages, it is a great book for somebody who wants to get a better understanding of what feminism is, where it came from, and other social issues related to sex, gender, and skin color.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading and Mostly Correct 6 May 2014
By Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read (I finished it in a little more than 24 hours) and makes a lot of good points. As a feminist man, I agree with 95% of what the authors have to say. I fully concur with their basic thesis that feminism is a force for positive change and the patriarchy which rules our society hurts both men and women and has to go.

Positives: The book is often funny and clever and makes some points which need to be made. It also does the valuable service of being a book about feminism aimed at men. Regrettably, the men who need this book the most won't read it. The most sexist men I know aren't exactly the book-reading type.

Negatives: The authors sometimes cast too-wide a net. The discussion of unions was a little out of place, for example. Also, they address the subject of human trafficking but don't consider the argument that legalizing prostitution is the best way to combat trafficking. They do address the issue of prostitution, but give sparse analysis to how much damage to women (including trafficking in the sex trade) could be greatly reduced by legalization. It is as if they learned nothing from the lessons of Prohibition.

The authors also address the issue of pornography, but the entry is so vague I'm not sure what they're trying to say.

The key failing of the authors, however, is that they let religion largely off the hook. Sure, they bring up the misogyny of the major religions. They completely fail to hold religion responsible, however, as the primary source of misogyny in modern society. Here you have the fountainhead of misogyny, and the authors wimp-out and don't confront it as such. In this book about feminism, they neglect to confront the single biggest anti-feminist force out there. An entry on the Bible, for example, would have been entirely appropriate. They could've simply listed many anti-woman verses contained within with some short analysis and it would've been a powerful component. This failure diminishes the power of their case, and that's too bad.

I'd still recommend this book, even if it falls short in the areas above. It is fun and informative.
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this! Save your money by reading ... 3 Aug 2014
By Danny Osorio - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not buy this! Save your money by reading the basic stuff on Wikipedia. Such a waist of money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars guys guide to feminism 22 April 2013
By karma-e - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
great introduction, book is laid out in a alphabet based glossary style, laid out nice and easy and the authors present in a fun but serious way if you get my drift. see the author's onlne videos on you tube.
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