The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys

The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys

Author(s): David Benatar

Print ISBN: 9780470674468

Online ISBN: 9781118192337

DOI: 10.1002/9781118192337


"I recommend The Second Sexism to scholars who investigate gender relations, and I urge academic feminists to take Benatar's thesis seriously and to respond to it with respect rather than with disbelief or derision."  (American Philosophical Association's Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 1 May 2013)

"This book simply must be read . . . . Highly, highly recommended."  (Mens News Daily, 4 January 2013)

"The Second Sexismis well researched, with voluminous references. As such, it serves the useful function of raising consciousness about an important social issue. Benatar's research makes a strong case for an in-depth examination of the injustices and discriminations that men suffer in this and other societies in the 21st century."  (PsycINFO/PsycCRITIQUES, 21 November 2012)

"The Second Sexism is a strong and early step on the way to the awareness, amelioration, and treatment of a widespread and unaddressed problem that affects a not insignificant portion of the human population."  (New Male Studies Review 3, Jonathan Badiali's, 26 September 2012)

"Benatar's analysis brings much needed clarity to contemporary debates in gender studies, whose discourse runs the risk of becoming stagnant and dogmatic against a constantly changing social backdrop. Benatar does well to remind us that it is not only females who are constrained and disadvantaged by the roles that they have been socially encouraged to take up."  (New Male Studies, J.P. Messina's Review 2, 26 September 2012)

"And now, thanks to Professor Benatar, we have an incisive, comprehensive discussion of the phenomenon that feminism has unwittingly brought to the forefront . . . The writing is jargon-free. As a philosopher, Professor Benatar is attentive to conceptual nuance and clear, precise usage."  (New Male Studies Review 1, Miles Groth's, 26 September 2012)

"This is a very well-argued book that presents an unorthodox thesis and defends it ably.  It would be a useful text in both undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy and gender studies, where it is certain to arouse a lot of discussion, much of it excited.  Since it is very clearly written, and would be interesting and accessible also to the educated layperson.  Most importantly, however, it is likely to change our understanding of gender relations."  (Metapsychology, 21 August 2012)