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on 22 October 2011
Moxon gets slightly out of his depth in his initial foray into selfish gene territory. Concepts such as "the interest of the reproducing group as a whole" or "the benefit to the whole gene pool" are non-starters. The only interest or benefit, if there is one, is the alpha male's (i.e. his genes'). Beta males simply have no choice but to stay put or confront the alpha male and get killed. The concept of "male filter" (Atmar, 1991) is used in Chapter II to explain why males are genetically such a mixed bag. The idea is that males bear most of the selective pressure. Males are a laboratory in which genes, good or bad, are tested - filtered out or filtered in - via intra-sexual competition. Males fight it out among themselves while females look on. Females then pair off with the winners, thereby securing the best genes for their own offspring. Males have a harder life from the start.

After that the book really takes off and proves to be a mine of sobering information and incisive argumentation.

We are reminded that as recently as 150 years ago, no more than 5% of the men in England had the right to vote. To put it another way: 95% of the men were politically disenfranchised and had no say in the politics of a country that would send them to die on the battlefield. This was the big injustice, not the fact that the 5% landed minority entitled to vote was male rather than female.

Married women, feminists are keen to remind us, were formerly under the legal guardianship of their husbands. Yet this was because women were protected from being sent to debtor's prisons. Whenever a wife wanted to borrow, mortgage or gamble, her husband's signature was required because should the money not be repaid, he was the one who would go to jail. In "Herstory", privilege is presented as discrimination, protection as victimisation.

Meanwhile there's convincing evidence that men, not women, are the main sufferers of domestic violence involving serious bodily harm. The lies and injustices foisted upon men by a female-biased system are only equalled - alas - by men's inability or unwillingness to stand up for their most basic human rights.

My impression upon putting down this riveting book is that feminism is nothing short of organized crime.
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on 11 April 2014
The book gives a useful overview as to why most feminist literature and arguments should begin with the words "Once upon a time..." and moved to the fiction category where they belong.

The information on female preference for other females was something I was aware of from observation (as any intelligent individual would be), but it was interesting to note that this has been scientifically proven. The extent of the preference was surprising though. It would have been useful if this could have been covered in more detail from a perspective of the male / female pattern brain and whether, when combined with an empathy disorder, such individuals are a danger to society. It opens up the question of whether feminism is merely a manifestation (in some individuals) of the female preference pattern and an empathy disorder combined. (even if a gender is good at empathy, it raises the question of 'empathy for whom?').

The issue of female preference and empathy disorders is a subject that is in urgent need of further research.

What is clear after reading this book, however, is that women are not the victims that feminists claim them to be and that feminists are at best bullies and in extreme cases may be tyrants.

A useful step on the path to an 'ecology of mind' and hopefully men and women will learn to appreciate each other's difference and work together in a spirit of co-operation for the good of all.
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on 28 January 2013
this is definitely a book for all to read, and definitely for men.

moxon is equally wise, articulate, well-researched (which may not be the same as accurately researched) and comes up with very useful ideas. Page 147 on the dominent propensities of people at work alone made the book worthwhile for me. In one page he rounds up all the questions and confusions i have had for over 15 years of working.

men, all i can say is this book pays for itself. It's literally money lying on the table for you. Once you can see the game and you can adapt your stance, it's like - in a completely minor way - the Matrix the movie.
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on 7 April 2008
This book is a most welcome antidote to the kind of biased "science" works generally pushed in all areas of our lives these days.

Moxon's work draws on the latest research into evolutionary biology and psychology which paints a very different, and more accurate picture of sex and gender than 40 years of ideological rhetoric has contributed.

Every page is pure dynamite, packed with startling, sometimes counter-intuitive yet verifiable facts which are seldom reported.

The book logically and systematically pulls apart the dominant myths of our time and reveals that underneath each lies a far more interesting truth which is backed up by scientific and historical data. The "hows and whys" are rendered transparent.

I would go so far as to say that this book could change your entire outlook on life and illuminate everyday interactions which you may take for granted.

It is the finest and most complete book on the sexes I have read and essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the topics of biology, psychology, legal history and 20th century politics.

In a word, a stunner.
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on 27 October 2009
After reading Moxon's "Immigrations Scandal" I thought any author whose writings can get a government minister of any political persuasion to resign after they have waffled to the house has to be worth reading. This book is no exception.
Also if like me you have been very disturbed to hear talk from America putting the feminist case forward by advocating eugenics and sterilising those men whose characters they don't like, (I kid you not) then this helps to redress the balance.

The bad stuff
The book is not easy bedtime reading, both in subject matter, and layout. Some of the paragraphs don't half go on a bit.
The language used is intellectual, and would be standard fare for those with some serious qualifications in psychology/social sciences. As Frank Field said about Immigration Scandal - "its high faluting stuff." So is this - is that such a bad thing?
It is a long read, and is hardly a gripping page turner in the Boy's Own adventure yarn... though see below...
Women will hate this book.

The good stuff
I consider this tome to be one of the 5 most important books I think I have read in my life, it explains so much of what I see in the world around me, and also explains why we are the way we are. Others may well think different.
The explanation of why the man worked and the woman looked after the home in years gone by makes a great deal of sense when you realise how close to the line of destitution some families were. It wasn't fair for one couple to have both working when another family had none working. This much poorer family then had to call on local parish support (paid for by local taxes c/o the church and the squire). If the jobs were shared out amongst all, then all lived to a similar standard and no-one fell into destitution. Local socialism on a minor scale and extremely relevant for the needs of THAT day. Many other examples follow in a similar vein. Using today's standards to pour PC bile on those difficult times seems at best childish.
It appears from the book that the case Moxon makes is that the demand from women is not for equal opportunity to men, but equal opportunity to the TOP men, they don't want the same opportunities as those men who live at the bottom.
Moxon makes the case that those who are definitely the one's being victimised are those at the bottom of the social and economic pile, the working class male.
Although the book isn't the standard issue page turner, it makes such sense when presented with the salient facts that you wish for more examples to back up the theory. This made me turn the page to find out what the next one was.
Men will love this book.
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on 18 September 2009
This has to be one of the most important books about men and women published in the past 20 years. It should be read by anyone interested in how men and women relate to each other, along with Esther Vilar's 'The Manipulated Man' (1971), Christina Hoff Sommers's 'Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women' (1994), and Swayne O'Pie's 'Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism' (2011).

The amount of research behind this book is remarkable. Even for someone as interested in gender politics as myself, there were many facts, figures, and nuanced arguments I hadn't encountered before. A 'must read' for anyone seeking perspectives on the relationship between the genders which actually explains what we see in the real world, not in the imaginary world of modern-day feminists, which is the product of feminists' fantasies, lies, delusions and myths - a world in which men are always bad, and women are always good (and when women aren't good, bad men are the reason).

There are growing signs that women are sick to death of being 'represented' by a small band of man-hating and family-hating angry women - radical feminists - and accepting that (a) gender-typical men and women are different, and (b) these differences largely account for the different life choices made by men and women, which explain the phenomena about which the feminists whine endlessly -employment line choices, the gender pay gap, gender imbalance in the boardroom, and so much more. 'The Woman Racket' is particularly interesting in its descriptions of the psychological dfferences between men and women, and how they largely explain men's and women's life choices. Anyone interested in this issue might also read Prof Susan Pinker's 'The Sexual Paradox', Prof Steven Pinker's 'The Blank Slate', Prof Louann Brizendine's 'The Female Brain', and Prof Simon Baron-Cohen's 'The Essential Difference'.
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