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The decline of males
Tiger, Lionel, 1937-
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New York : Golden Books, [1999]

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323 pages ; 21 cm
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HQ1090 .T52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A study of male behavior assesses the factors and forces that have transformed the sexual and family mores of American society, arguing that the single most important cause lies in the spread of contraception and in women's power to decide to bear children.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Males have declined into bewildered, lonely creatures since "new and effective contraceptive technology, controlled by women" and the "anti-male" discourse of feminism have led to a pervasive social shift away from "male-centered production to female-centered reproduction." With the advent of the Pill, men have become from the "means of reproduction" and the demand for abortion has risen. The ancient mammalian unit of mother and child has morphed into a "bureaugamy," as single mothers find government assistance a more satisfying partner than a confused male. Or so says anthropologist Tiger (Men in Groups, etc.), who claims that only Darwinian biology can satisfactorily explain these changes and pities anyone foolish enough to believe the "Christian Science about human behavior" known as gender studies and sociology. This "psychosexual weather report" will delight those who find sociobiology convincing, but may vex readers who want more than newspaper articles offered as science (118 references to the New York Times alone). It may also be news to many women that they are "on the way to winning" the war between the sexes and will soon dominate the world economic system. Somewhat paradoxically, Tiger celebrates single mothers as the heroic vanguard of a new social order in the "human zoo," yet proclaims that it is men who have been "liberated" by the women's movement. Although provocative, his arguments won't withstand much serious scrutiny from points of view outside biology that may not see humans as analogous to bats and tadpoles. Agent, Amanda Urban of ICM. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Stressing the framework of evolution, Rutgers University anthropologist Tiger (Men in Groups, LJ 8/69) explores the recent dramatic changes in human reproduction and behavior owing essentially to female-controlled methods of contraception throughout the industrial world. He documents a major shift in confidence and power from men to women, giving special attention to the profound social consequences. Tiger argues that males are now withdrawing from family life and feeling obsolete. A new family pattern, or "bureaugamy," is emerging: the mother-child unit (a return to the primary primate social bond) financially supported, in part, by a government agency. More and more alienated from the process of reproduction, independent males seek behavioral expression and emotional satisfaction in drugs, sports, pornography, and the military. Tiger also emphasizes the unspoken but important relationship between love and money. This provocative book raises questions about the awesome influences of nanotechnology and genetic engineering on the future of human sexuality and social structure. Highly recommended.ÄH. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.