MARS AND VENUS: UNEQUAL PLANETS

Authors

  • Toni Schindler Zimmerman,

    1. Toni Schindler Zimmerman, PhD, is faculty Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.
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  • Shelley A. Haddock,

    1. Shelley Haddock, MS, is lecturer and clinical supervisor, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, and a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Colorado State University.
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  • Christine R. McGeorge

    1. Christine McGeorge, MS, is a doctoral student, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota.
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Abstract

Self-help books, a pervasive and influential aspect of society, can have a beneficial or detrimental effect on the therapeutic process. This article describes a thematic analysis and feminist critique of the best-selling self-help book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. This analysis revealed that the author's materials are inconsistent with significant family therapy research findings and key principles of feminist theories. His descriptions of each gender and his recommendations for improving relationships serve to endorse and encourage power differentials between women and men.

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