Are Men Necessary?

  • by Maureen Dowd
  • Narrated by Maureen Dowd
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four decades after the sexual revolution, nothing has worked out the way it was supposed to. The sexes are circling each other as uneasily and comically as ever, and now the New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for incisive commentary about the mysteries and muddles of sexual combat in America sorts through the confusion.In a new book filled with chapters that surprise and amuse, Dowd explains why getting ready for a date went from glossing and gargling to Paxiling and Googling; why men may be biologically unsuited to hold higher office, given their diva fits and catfights, teary confessions and fashion obsessions; why women are fixated on their looks more than ever; and why the new definition of "having it all" is less about empowerment and equality than about flirting and getting rescued, downshifting from "You go, girl!" to "You go lie down, girl."Women's liberation has been less a steady trajectory than a confusing zigzag. Feminism lasted for a nanosecond and generated a gender tangle that has bewitched, bothered, and bewildered men and women for 40 years. Now comes a woman to cut through the tangle and tickle Adam's rib. The battle of the sexes will never be the same.

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What the Critics Say

"Dowd is hilarious, cutting, and provocative." (Booklist)

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Insanely Brilliant

I have been an Audible.com customer for years, and I have to rate this as an immediate top 10 choice. I'm a lawyer who's worked for the government, and this book is the best since that PJ O'Rourke thing back in the 80 (Confederancy of Dunces?). This time, the analysis turns the mirror, in a the biting way only a mirror can, to the bizarre contemporary behavior in th eoh so overrated land of sex relations. And it's *right on*.
This book, read by Miss Dowd, is the nest social commentary out there. Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Christopher Hitchens fans: this is simply brilliant. Absolute 5.5

Note: I, as a man, was forced to listen to much of Miss Dowd's savagely brilliant analyis on "slow" mode on my iPod--she's too quick, and some points made are so well done that it's worth hearing them slowed up a bit.

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- Ian

Is this BOOK really necessary?

No. I am a big fan of her columns but this book just proves that some things are better in smaller quantities. After only a couple chapters I felt like she was recycling arguments and re-hashing. Also, unlike Al Franken and others whose voices add to the experience, her nasal whine just wears the reader down. Definitely one I wished I had not spent the money for.
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- Vanessa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio