Men and Marriage

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Pelican Publishing, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 219 pages
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"Timely when originally published, Men and Marriage is essential now given the the warlike climate of male-female relationships, unfortunately fostered by radical feminism." Rush Limbaugh Men and Marriage is a critical commentary that asks the burning question, How can society survive the pervasive disintegration of the family? A profound crisis faces modern social order as traditional family relationships become almost unrecognizable. George Gilder's Men and Marriage is a revised and expanded edition of his 1973 landmark work, Sexual Suicide . He examines the deterioration of the family, the well-defined sex roles it offered, and how this change has shifted the focus of our society. Poverty, for instance, stems from the destruction of the family when unmarried parents are abandoned by their lovers or older women are divorced because society approves of their husbands' younger girlfriends. Gilder claims that men will only fulfill their paternal obligations when women lead them to do so, and that this civilizing influence, balanced with proper economic support, is the most important part of maintaining a productive, healthy, loving society. He offers a concrete plan for rebuilding the family in America. His solutions challenge readers to return to these roles and reestablish the family values that were once so crucial in staving off the ills that plague our country. Gilder insists that it is time to reexamine what "liberation" has wrought and at what cost. Only a return to traditional family values, he contends, can stem the tide of disaster. George Gilder is the author of Wealth and Poverty, the best-selling critique of Reaganomics, The Spirit of Enterprise, Visible Man, Naked Nomads, and The Party That Lost Its Head . He was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and now writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and National Review about material advances and their effect on society. His most recent books include two other well-known social commentaries, Microcosm and Life After Television.
 

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"The male penis is no longer a decisive organ in itself. Thus the feminist demand that women have control over their own bodies accentuated an unconscious recognition that males have almost lost control of procreative activity. A mans penis becomes an empty plaything unless a woman deliberately decides to admit a man's paternity. A man quite simply cannot now father a baby unless his wife is fully and deliberately agreeable."
Male potency was not simply a matter of erectile reliability; it was a fell weapon of procreation. Women viewed male potency with some awe, and males were affirmed by this response.(p. 107)
Those were the good old days weren't they?
The quotes above are just the tip of the iceberg, and I will let the author write is own review with his own quotes.
 

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Contents

The Necessities of Love
5
The Biological Difference
19
After the Hunt
29
Taming the Barbarians
39
THE BREAKDOWN OF MONOGAMY
49
The Princesss Problem
51
The Barbarians Revenge
61
Cruising
69
Sexual Politics
101
The Perils of Androgyny
115
Women in Combat
127
The Jobs Front
137
Sex and the Social Scientist
155
The Home Front
165
The Sexual Suicide Technocracy
179
Why Men Marry
187

Ghetto Liberation
79
Supporting Families
87
THE ECONOMY OF EROS
99
The Faith of Fathers
191
Notes
201
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George F. Gilder is a journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and preeminent economic thinker who is credited with helping develop the supply-side economic theory. He has served as chairman of the Lehrman Institute s Economic Roundtable, was program director for the Manhattan Institute, and is the cofounder of the Discovery Institute. He is the author of many popular books and has written for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Forbes, and other publications. He lives in New York with his wife.

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