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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maureen Dowd Narrator: Maureen Dowd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780786564019
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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 forty 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one vets the culture with a keener eye than Dowd.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “She is a keen observer, a harsh evaluator, and a collector of fine ironies.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “[Dowd] backs up her observations…For any fan of Dowd, the book offers a rare peek into the world of the notably media-shy columnist.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “A sharp observer of human nature.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “A blistering critique of modern gender relations…Dowd has kicked off a conversation we are desperate to have.”

    Salon

  • “Dowd’s writing races along as she presents academic studies…Her long journalism career and her Washington connections allow Dowd to give the reader an inside glimpse of influential figures. Readable, provocative, and entertaining.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Dowd] steps up to the plate to hit some fly balls well out of the field as she discusses sexual realities and absurdities…Dowd is hilarious, cutting, and provocative—in other words, perfectly willing to express her vision of the truth without an ounce of reservation. And isn’t that why readers gravitate to her?…Her observations on how men and women relate lead to pithy commentary on the contradictory path feminism has taken (“the new urban legend is about a young man who loses a girl by asking her to split the check”), the superior suitability of women as political leaders (“women are affected by lunar tides only once a month; men have raging hormones every day”), and other topics more timid conversationalists would stay away from. Thank goodness she doesn’t.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Johnson | 2/19/2014

    " It wasn't what I was expecting, but overall a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry | 2/14/2014

    " *yawn* unless you like to listen to an egomaniac go on about politics and what's wrong in the White House. If you're looking for "Men Demystified", check out Dr. Phil's reading selections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/22/2014

    " Please do not let the title scare you away. This book is about the double standards that women face in different arenas such as politics and journalism. I would love to everyone to read it, but as with most feminist literature it would appeal to women more. At times I feel Dowd takes liberty with what she assumes the reader already knows, I would not recommend this for someone who is politically-clueless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esqcheryl | 1/12/2014

    " Delightful style and challenging thinker with her unique perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/11/2014

    " A superficial look at how feminism has changed since the 1970s that changes topics like someone flipping through TV channels with a remote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/10/2014

    " Maureen is witty and entertaining. The first half is by far the funniest portion and there appears to be hints of bitterness as the book progresses. However, well worth reading "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 carmille | 1/6/2014

    " This was painfully disorganized, whiny and pessimistic; constantly and possibly intentionally stirring up deep-seated female insecurities that a man will never fall in love with, or be loyal to, a smart, ambitious woman. Too painful to finish this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madonna Analla | 12/23/2013

    " The title promised a lot but I don't feel it delivered very well. There were interesting tidbits from the authors work in politics but I wasn't too into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sawy-o | 12/23/2013

    " As a rational and well rounded feminist, I know I should object to the oversimplifications of Maureen Dowd. However, this is great train reading both for antagonistic fellow commuters' stares and the catchy writing. Also, retro Hillary Clinton discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/10/2013

    " Skip 5-7 and it's fairly balanced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/10/2013

    " In all honesty, I didn't finish the audiobook. It was really overdue, plus there was so much relationship-related stuff and I can't deal with it in the middle of an academic semester. It just messes my head up too much. Maybe I'll return to it after I graduate. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 11/7/2013

    " An interesting look at gender relations in politics. And to answer the question: of course they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/27/2013

    " Interesting ... I don't necessarily agree with everything Dowd says, but at least she had the guts to discuss these things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 9/15/2013

    " My favorite quote so far is about magazines. Women's magazines discuss when men want so that women can conform to those desires. Men's magazines discuss what men want, and how women should conform to those ideals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 9/2/2013

    " It's funny. She has some sharp observations. But her metaphors are Dennis Miller-ian in their pointless whimsy and make my teeth itch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korin | 6/15/2013

    " Damn, she can write. She really makes her cases strongly, so if you like men, try to remember why, or else you won't anymore by the time you're done reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry | 6/13/2013

    " I thought I shared Dowd's politics, but basically, I don't think she has any. Certainly she appears to have no substantive argument to support her claims. The book is choppy, makes no sense, and I would put her in the same category as Anne Coulter--a pundit without a portfolio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/18/2013

    " Ah, Maureen Dowd, you man-hater. I listened to this book on my commute, and I loved every minute of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/16/2013

    " this is such a good book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/10/2012

    " This is a good book for a book club. Lots of interesting opinions about the road to equality for women and the battle of the sexes. Dowd is hilarious. Some arguements end up circling each other but the book still it makes you want to keep your maiden name:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 4/16/2012

    " I love Dowd's writing..she is so clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 9/27/2011

    " Very witty and interesting. It ranged all over and I don't think there is a central argument or conclusion - but very engaging and entertaining nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 yoli | 8/9/2011

    " Thought it was interesting but not necessarily super engaging and she definitely struck a very strong stance, one that was slightly too bold for my admittedly conservative tastes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Meyer | 4/6/2011

    " Don't listen to the audiobook. She has the worst voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/10/2011

    " Maureen Dowd is a fabulous writer and this book displays her skills. It's a fun and interesting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carmille | 11/27/2010

    " This was painfully disorganized, whiny and pessimistic; constantly and possibly intentionally stirring up deep-seated female insecurities that a man will never fall in love with, or be loyal to, a smart, ambitious woman. Too painful to finish this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 10/15/2010

    " Don't listen to the audiobook. She has the worst voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy bill | 8/27/2010

    " Boy, this one was depressing. It is mostly the author describing how she sees feminism has failed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 8/7/2010

    " Someimes I love Maureen Dowd and sometimes I think she is an enemy of women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/5/2010

    " this is such a good book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmanuel | 3/30/2010

    " its an awesome book, and contrary to the title its not "feminist propaganda", it a well thought out and concise work. "

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About the Author
Author Maureen DowdMaureen Dowd is a columnist for The New York Times and a best-selling author. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, she worked for Time magazine and The Washington Star, where she covered news as well as sports and wrote feature articles. Dowd joined the Times in 1983 as a metropolitan reporter and eventually became an op-ed writer for the newspaper in 1995. In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the Clinton administration.