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3.0 out of 5 stars it was all going so well....., 31 July 2010
This review is from: The Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love One Another and Made Money Instead (Paperback)
I bought this book on the basis of Why Love Matters which I felt was a fantastic and contemporary update and addition to child development theory and how it relates to later psychopathology. It was particularly relevant to the ongoing debate regarding the Bulger tragedy and also that of the recent case in S Yorks.

This book goes further and applies the theory to society, noting how a particular mode of production or social system affects child rearing practices and contributes to the quality of empathy or selfishness displayed en masse.

It appears both well researched and written but I had a nagging feeling there was a much more feminist agenda to some of the narrative here. What appeared covert became overt on p.309 with the passage:

"Emotional life doesn't start at the front door of our homes (or the bedroom door, as some men might believe.)"

It would have been fine and perhaps tongue-in-cheek if she'd added an exclamation mark at the end of the sentence but its omission for me spoke volumes.

As a chap you could add an addendum to the bracketed sentence and continue "...nor does it wax and wane with the beginning and end of a menstrual cycle" which would have been its misogynistic equivalent.

No-one gains by ridiculing the other sex's hormonal predispositions and I honestly believed that Gerhardt would be beyond indulging in such misandry.

Shame on you Sue Gerhardt.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2011 20:45:35 BDT
Mme Hmm says:
Please don't equate attacks on men, with feminism. Feminism doesn't mean man-hating.

Posted on 15 Oct 2011 00:12:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2011 00:14:18 BDT
Ms Walton says:
I think you are being a little over sensitive here, its just a joke on male stereotypes. yes its un pc but it does say "some" men.
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