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White Girl/Black Girl - Joyce Carol Oates

(Is it just men, or doesn't this woman have an odd way of physically describing Black people?)

Originally posted by FireFly:
HATING WOMEN: America's Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex ~ Shmuley Boteach (I've never read anything by him before)

What do you think so far?

I love Rabbi Shmuley. I've never read anything by him, but I've been observing him for a few years now. I don't always agree with him on societal matters, but I always get the feeling that he has studied what he talks about, which I respect.

I can only imagine what his take on women in America would be.

From what I've seen, Shmuley has a tendency to champion the Strong Woman stereotype that Black women are aquainted with. That typical, If only you women did this, men would do that, type of thing.

In my eyes, when people put all the responsibilities of society on women, they are treating men like morons.

Nevertheless, I'd probably agree with Shmuley's take on society a bit fundamentally. Not on his cures (Women, fix it) or causes, but I'd probably at least agree on the main problem between the genders in today's society (duh).

I must add that Shmuley isn't the typical sexist. He isn't justifying men's behavior when he passes responsibilities. He isn't looking through rosey lenses when discussing men.

Actually, he can be a bit condescending towards his own sex.

Yeah, he thinks men should treat girls like girls and women like women, which would make women would act like women should (couth and divine--the way an orthodox rabbi thinks we should). Yadda, yadda.

But also that men do wrong because women aren't making them do right, and the real problem with society is that women are acting dum-dum and irrational like men (he uses different wording, of course).

Which is his basis of women should act like women (smart) and fix everything.

Do you get this impression from his book?