In Sweden, as consciousness-raiser Farrell points out, it's not called ""women's lib"" but the ""sex-role debate."" The...

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THE LIBERATED MAN: Beyond Masculinity: Freeing Men and Their Relationships

In Sweden, as consciousness-raiser Farrell points out, it's not called ""women's lib"" but the ""sex-role debate."" The author, who was elected to the Board of Directors of NOW, has been active since 1969 in organizing all-male and mixed groups. If women suffer from being stereo-typed as sex objects, he argues, then men suffer just as much from being typed as security objects: the other side is the feminine pressure that drives male, ""penis-centered"" leadership-strivers to an early grave. In contrast to the new attitudes of women, Farrell's criticism of the sadomasochism and traditionalistic sexism inherent in war, sports, ads for cigarettes and whiskey, and in Western society's masculine value system is elementary and deja vu. But his suggestions for sharing the responsibility for child care and the section on problems, topics and techniques for use in groups are eminently practical. Farrell's book is neither as revolutionary nor substantive as Friedan, Millett, Greer, Mitchell, but it is a timely reflection of just how far men still have to go. A watermark of tentative male self-discovery.

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 1974

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974