Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence Hardcover – 20 Nov 2018
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I understand that this is a divisive and controversial topic and politics often gets people hot under the collar but we owe it to ourselves to look for a better way instead of just accepting the way society and wealth currently work. Sometimes I find that books such as these waffle on in an incoherent fashion, but I felt the arguments here were easy to understand and to comprehend. There are many examples from communist and post-communist states that back up many of the points she makes. I hope that this book gets the wide readership it deserves as the case it presents is a strong and convincing one. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Bodley Head for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I know the American academic scene very well. It ranges from the outstanding to the mediocre. In some states professorial appointments are handed out like confetti, and politics often plays a significant role. The tone and arguments in this book lack academic rigour, instead we get the kind of chatty comments you exchange over a cup of coffee.
The author's thesis is threadbare. The proven credible evidence is absent. Hearsay and gossip has taken precedence over research and fact. What is particularly disturbing is the author's lack of knowledge about the history of communist and socialist regimes. All have been and are an unmitigated economic and social disaster, think Cuba, Venezuela, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, North Korea, the Soviet Union and more. In every one of these states incompetence rode in tandem with a brutal.disregard for liberty and the rule of law. Women in East Germany lived a life of stultifying misery. For them sex was a means of distraction, a means of blocking out a dystopian existence. Under the murderous Lenin and Stalin regimes women were more interested in staying alive than engaging in sex. Has the author looked at the birth rates throughout this period in the various Republics, I think not.
An objective study of capitalism would indicate that while flawed it brings
to all a system far, far superior to any other. Assertions here about women's pay, for example are simply false and out of date.
I feel very sorry for the students of this professor.