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  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177172
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A provokative, runaway bestseller.' Newsweek'Extraordinary... a vigorous answer to Women's Lib.' The Times'No one escapes her icy scrutiny.' The New York Times

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Esther Vilar was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied medicine and sociology before becoming a writer. She followed the world-wide success of The Manipulated Man with two more books about the relationship between the sexes, The Polygamous Sex and The End of Manipulation, the novels The Mosquito and The Mathematics of Nina Gluckstein and numerous plays, including The American Popess and Speer. Her latest play is Jealousy.She lives in Barcelona and London.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By V. E. Lane on 9 Feb. 2012
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HL Mencken defined a misogynist as "a man who hates women almost as much as women hate one another". It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that the only truly woman-hating book ever to be written in modern times (or at least ever to be accepted by a mainstream publisher) was penned by a female hand.

Turning feminism on its head, Esther Vilar views women as "dim-witted parasitic luxury items", living at the expense of productive male breadwinners. Women, in her cynical gaze, are little more than overpriced prostitutes. However, compared to the street prostitutes whom they so despise for undercutting their prices, they lack even the virtue of honesty about what they are doing.

Thus, Vilar observes, although "the old saying that a woman's fate is her body is true insofar as it has a positive meaning... it is better applied to men" because, whereas "a woman profits from her anatomical peculiarities... a man is an eternal slave to his".

The Wealth of Women and the Fundamental Fallacy of Feminism

With wit and style, Vilar exposes what may be regarded as the Fundamental Fallacy of Feminism - namely the assumption that because men earn more than women, this means men are better off. As Jack Kammer observes in If Men Have All the Power How Come Women Make the Rules, "Looking at men in business and government and saying they have all the power is like looking at women in the supermarket and saying they have all the food" - just as women shop for the whole family, men earn money and exercise power for the benefit of the whole family.

The feminist fallacy is therefore twofold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on 6 July 2013
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Yes this book is extreme, yes it is a caricature and yes things have changed since it was written in 1971. But still, it is an essential read for everyone I believe.
Incidentally, the mere fact that the book is (apparently) unavailable in the US and that the author received so many death threats from feminists goes a long way of showing Esther Vilar is making a valid point.
I bought it and read it in one go. I really wish someone had put this book in my hand when I was 20! So if you are a young guy reading this and wondering whether you should get the book, trust me on this: Yes, get the book and read it now!

PS: People interested in this may also want to read Dead End Feminism. A lot more subtle and also more recent.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Social Enterprise Europe on 23 Jan. 2003
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If you read this book, never forget that while Esther Vilar is making a serious point, her tongue never leaves her cheek. If you forget that this is satire (at its best) then you may be tempted to take what she says literally and miss the wonderful humour on offer.
Of course, women are not as stupid or as manipulative as the author makes out, and men are not as philanthropic and intelligent either. She presents stereotypes to make her point that women are prepared to manipulate men to serve their own selfish needs - and the extent to which they do this is substantially underestimated. I imagine that any man in his middle or later years does not need to be taught this lesson, but in her focus on a section of the female population she does not admire, Esther Vilar forgets the many women who genuinely care for their partners and friends (and the many men who don't).
I see many women I have met in the pages of her book. Sometimes I found myself nodding at her wisdom, sometimes laughing out loud at her humour, and at other times sucking through my teeth at the outrageous and dangerous things she says. Men on the rebound from bad relationships could read this and become bitter. Only women will know the true extent of the author's claims about their behaviour. As for her opinion of men, it is refreshing to find a book with the courage to speak of the many positive male characteristics that are so often ignored.
An excellent read - I picked up the book and could not put it down until I had finished it. Entertained? Totally. Persuaded? Much less so. This is a good starter for the man who wants to open his eyes to what is really going on around him in his personal world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xaph on 13 Jun. 2014
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But approach this book with an open mind, it will challenge everything you have come to know about dynamics between the sexes. At times it was difficult (even as a man) to read this because it diametrically opposed all my pre-conceptions - but Vilar's methodical breakdown totally gives gender relations a new perspective. The book is a great eye-opener and allows you to view the world through the "majority" woman-focused lens (of course there are exceptions to the rule, but the anomalies only prove the rule is true). Women will undoubtedly be outraged by this, but its because it actually exposes a truth - and true clarity is very threatening to the unreasonable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Hudson on 26 May 2012
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Esther holds nothing back in her findings on how men are manipulated and her blunt delivery may be shocking also makes it an addictive and valuable read. She makes an interesting case for men being baited into marriage - as a trapped but self-validating life course. She further extensively explains how society and even religion directs men into marriage and servitude to women as the only worthwhile life choice. Whether you agree or not this is a powerful read and a great antidote to the border line misandrous feminist nonsense pumped out in mainstream media.
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