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Mishmash

To judge from its title, we could reasonably expect this book to be about the growing gulf between women and men.  Yet Andrew Hacker, a professor of political science at Queens College, spends much of the book reciting differences between the sexes that have always existed.  With cumbersome detail (as if imparting new and fresh information), Hacker describes the varying emotional makeups of men and women; their difference in sex drives; the male tendency to commit rape, which females do not exhibit; and the female proclivity to stay home to rear children.  How enlightening.

Though he never once uses the word feminist, feminism is the worldview Hacker largely presents.  (The SAT is biased against girls; women have to fight the Old Boys’ Club in their careers.)  Cartoon-ishly, he presents liberals as freedom-loving skeptics of big business and conservatives as gun-toting morality censors.  In his world, women are Democrats, and men are Republicans.  Hacker states that a natural affinity between the sexes has merely been assumed and that women have generally paid an unpleasant price:

The burden usually fell on the woman to make the pairing work. . . . It was the woman’s job to listen and understand; to sympathize when he suffered setbacks, to cheer his minor triumphs . . . If he asked about her day, his questions were usually perfunctory; nor...

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