Aside from the demeaning title, this book is a classic secular take on the feminist movement’s counter-intuitive initiatives. Kathleen Parker introduces the reader to the broad landscape of culture and the negative side effects the feminist movement has had on it.
Save the Males has received one of the highest ratings of books of its kind on sites like Amazon for good reason: it is rational, logical, and based on common sense.
The premise of the book is that the feminist movement has gone overboard and has been conveying the message that men are bad.
- The undermining of dad
- Oversexualization of culture
- Sexualization of children
- The hook-up culture
- Single motherhood by choice
- The Vagina Monologues
- Men’s lack of rights in abortion issues, custody battles, and child-rearing
- A heavily biased media
- Well-documented research that is often ignored
- Women’s “rights” in war
Men today face a social deficit. They find themselves working against a strong anti-male current which is persistently justified due to the “privileges” they have “enjoyed” for so many centuries. The lie deep beneath is not that men aren’t needed, but that they were never needed. How did it come to this?
And how can a movement, which is supposed to be based on helping to liberate women from oppression be positive if it is turning them against men? How do we explain that though women are now more liberated than ever (or at least from the much hated 1950s), they are also more angry and resentful than ever?
Kathleen provides some of the best researched material in helping men and women understand the ins and outs of what has been happening throughout the feminist world and that manhood can, and should, be appreciated. The wisdom of having men and fathers around cannot be understated.
Unlike the book The Decline of Men, which advocates that men should just “give up trying” and become tame, effeminate, metrosexuals and that we all re-learn the ancient ways of goddess worship (I’m not kidding), Save the Males actually advocates for the recapturing of the masculine spirit in men and seeing not only the good in it, but also the wisdom of it.
Kathleen rightly points out the role of the father as being essential to our welfare.
“The ultimate act of emasculation is, of course, the elimination of man’s central role as father.”
“My father… being a father was far and away the manliest thing he ever did.” (Parker, 113)
Her relationship with her father, no doubt, shaped her views. How many individual’s views on feminism (and every other subject known to man) can be traced to the impact that fathers had on them?
A feminist who had a wonderful and close relationship with their father is likely to have a much different view of feminism than a feminist who had a terrible or abusive one. Think about it.