NCFM PR Director Steven Svoboda book review of Steve Moxon’s “The Woman Racket”

June 8, 2012
By

feminismThe Woman Racket: The new science explaining how the sexes relate at work, at play and in society. By Steve Moxon. Charlottesville, Virginia: Imprint Academic, 2008.  $39.90. . 296 pages.

Steve Moxon’s book, The Woman Racket, has certainly taken the UK men’s movement, and perhaps even the world’s men’s movement, by storm.  With the possible exception of Warren Farrell’s 1994 The Myth of Male Power, this volume has gotten more attention and distribution than any other work as hard-hitting against gender traditionalism and in favor of men’s rights.  On two 2008 trips to London, I found that the volume could easily be found in any bookstore with a moderately academic inclination.

Right off the top, this book should be heavily sprinkled with salt before consumption.  I didn’t do much rigorous checking, but I’m pretty sure that a number of the facts and conclusions are open to serious question if not outright refutation.  Normally, a work such as this can be fatally flawed by such lapses, the sort of gaffes that Warren Farrell is so skilled at avoiding.  I wouldn’t say that about Moxon, however, as The Woman Racket transcends its flaws, densely packed as it is with deep, original analysis even of relatively well-known information, as well as much new, relatively well-founded information.

From the opening page, we know we are in for a treat: “Nobody tells us why men are maligned as if they’re at one with the very few at the top of the pile, whereas all women are championed irrespective of who they are, what they have done, or how they have lived their lives.”  On page two, Moxon makes the original point that “the real story of men and women is the key to tearing up the entire list and throwing it away,” thereby transcending divisive and ultimately pointless gender identity politicking.

Males “in effect quarantine genetic material without actually doing so… by behaving differently to females so that they come up against the environment in all sorts of ways that lead to natural selection…  Males are driven to behave in ways that expose any genetic defects they have, and females then choose the better of them.”  Thus evolutionary science helps demonstrate that misandry, by both men and women, is more or less biologically inevitable.  Later Moxon demonstrates the related point that “in humans, as in animals generally, the most socially-disadvantages sub-group is always that of relatively low-status males.”

One remarkable fact relating to gender-specific behavior that I hadn’t heard before is that “a single gene has been found in mammals that allows males to engage [in] dominance behaviour when they encounter another male.”  If you knock out that gene from male mice, they behave toward other males exactly as they do toward females, showing, Moxon comments, “that default male behaviour is to treat all others of the same species as females.” Conversely, removing the gene from female mice causes them to behave the same toward males and females, trying to mount them and generally treating both sexes as if they themselves were males and all other mice were females!

Another fascinating piece of information: Men incorporate low-pitched hums into their communications with other men that act as ranking signals telling other men the relative status of the signaler compared to them. Also, according to Moxon, men listening to other men activate an entirely different brain region than when they listen to women.  Women, conversely, use the same part of the brain to listen to both men and women.

At times the author is nothing less than brilliant in his analysis: “Extreme feminism is… a disguised re-branding of the perennial conspiracy of the elite… To get round the fact that what is being railed against is a chimera, feminism has developed into progressively more extreme forms that argue simultaneously mutually-exclusive viewpoints.  Ostensibly a politics of liberation, it’s the ultimate anti-democratic movement…. an ultra-conservative extension of what has always been the male-female dynamic….  There is seemingly no limit to what must be the greatest confidence trick in political history.”

Later on the same page, Moxon again hits it on the nose: “We live in a society that is based on a particularly bad combination: a rigorous ethos of egalitarianism, but one which inverts the truth of the most fundamental social structures and interactions.  This provides a wide range of support for the very people who are already over-privileged, directly at the expense of those other very people who are under-privileged.”

The author shows in detail why men and women move in separate social worlds, and also why bell-shaped curves almost always have more males at both extremes.  I enjoyed his lengthy analysis of women bosses, though he dubiously claims that men’s discrimination claims are actually outpacing women’s.

Moxon brilliantly parameterizes each gender’s level of domestic violence against its total violence, showing that DV is women’s most common type of violence and is among men’s least common forms.  The author then conducts an engaging analysis of male and female mate-guarding and its relationship to DV.  Moxon’s analysis of rape based on evolutionary psychology principles demonstrates that “rape… compromises the mechanism whereby the whole reproducing group skews reproduction towards the fittest [female] individuals,” explaining why forceful intercourse is dealt with so harshly, sometimes more so than murder.  The claim that “nature conspires to skew the chances of conception to be considerably higher outside of the long-term partnership,” in short, that rape is likely to cause pregnancy, is engaging, but not well-documented.

Moxon is very good in chapters on prostitution, erotica, and pornography.  “If men are consuming ‘pornography,’ shouldn’t it provide reassurance to wives or girlfriends that they are less likely to be finding satisfaction in extra-pair sex?… Women never understand that for a man, having sex with a regular partner is a completely different scenario from having a string of brief casual sex encounters with a range of other partners.  In a man’s mind they are completely different.”

The book is not without its shortcomings.  Moxon’s reference at the start of chapter two to the “profound insight” to which he asserts his books will lead is both premature and annoying self-aggrandizing.

Regrettably, assertions are often not documented, as when the author writes, “In all countries across Europe, for every thousand Euros increase in annual benefits, the number of single parents rises two percent.”  Sounds plausible, but a reference would be helpful.  The solution, the author points out, is “to place all of the financial obligation on a parent who simply walks out, or invents a reason to throw out the other.”

Is it really true that “we get the attitude that male criminals are essentially quite decent, whilst ordinary male citizens… are the real criminals?”  Moxon is pretty weak regarding popular music, preposterously claiming that virtually no notable female singer/songwriters (other than Joni Mitchell, whom he likes) have appeared, and he specifically mentions Tracy Chapman, Jewel, and PJ Harvey as among those he feels aren’t up to snuff.

His point about relatively insignificant female artists and writers being lionized relative to more talented males has some validity, but he could scarcely have picked a worse example to prove his point than superlative poet Sylvia Plath and her relatively less talented partner, Ted Hughes.

Later Moxon embarks on a perilous justification of male over-representation in academia “to avoid compromising on the level of aptitude/ability.”  His theorizing seems half-baked that objections to female participation in medical school included fear of competition between men for women’s attention and jealousy among the losers, and also the fear that women might exploit medical school as a marriage marketplace.

Nor did Moxon fully convince me of his contention that “women do not compete with each other in the way that men do—for status” but rather “so that they place themselves in the milieu of higher-status men.”

Moxon sums up his entire book by noting that he has been reviewing the many different manifestations of “the privilege afforded universally and unconditionally to women.”  In the end, “this prejudice will always be with us, the over-privileging of the female along with unwarranted contempt for the male.” [emphasis in original]

The Woman Racket could be likened to The Myth of Male Power with the gloves off, or to Rich Zubaty’s books minus that author’s humor and readability.  Moxon is, by turns, boring, irrelevant, annoying, and brilliant. This very wordy, dense, periodically infuriating, and frequently edifying volume is simply a must-read for anyone who cares about men and women.  For all its faults, and corresponding strengths, I give it my highest recommendation.

END

__________________________________________________________

Feminism

Feminism Feminism Feminism

Elitist Feminism is a traitor to the women’s movement and all decent humans

Feminism Feminism Feminism ain’t what it used to be

Feminism

Feminism Feminism Feminism

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Google Buzz
  • LinkedIn
  • Orkut
  • Twitter

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to NCFM PR Director Steven Svoboda book review of Steve Moxon’s “The Woman Racket”

  1. Ivan on June 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Good book ! I appreciate what are you doing guys ,you are my heroes
    But …. Men and Women can never be equal because we are different . I dont think we can be different and exact equal !!! We can have equal opportunity ,thats fine . Just keep pounding on the Feminatzis and keep innocent men out of jail and we love you .
    I just feel that our mothers dont love us as much as they love their daugthers . Women stick together . Why moms aren't up in arms ? Why are they not protesting in front of the UN or the Congress like they are doing it about womens rights ? Why ? Majority of mothers dont't love their sons . Just something to think about Harry . What do you thing ?
    Have a good day and keep up the good work !
    Cheers from Canada .

  2. Marc on June 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Awesome, thank you Steven.

Leave a Reply

See NCFM Wayback

waybackmachineOver the years millions of people worldwide have visited a National Coalition For Men website. Also over the years the site has changed dramatically, been taken down, moved, and otherwise uprooted. In those processes much information was lost, not recovered, and does not appear on this site. However you can see earlier versions and many of the extraordinary accomplishments of NCFM back to 1996 by using the WayBackMachine. In the search box type www.ncfm.org

One of the best resources on the Internet for falsely accused college students and their families

ncfm carolinas

Bookmark this site if you are a college student or parent who cares about the children regardless of their age…

a voice for male students

paternity fraud naomi evans meme

Are Things Really Equal?

Girlwriteswhat on ideological feminism and its impact on our society and culture

campus hate speech

More on the war against males in education

sexual harassment on campus

sexual harassment DOE

This explains why our politicians do stupid things about domestic violence

The Richard Fine Saga and Family Court Cartel

Interview with Erin Pizzey, the women who started the domestic violence shelter movement

Click on the picture below for Erin’s website

realsexism.com

sexism

Other MUST WATCH Videos

 

Great Resources for Abused Men

 
  • Dometic Abuse Hotline for Men and Women, based in Maine, offers 24-hour hotline: 1-888-7HELPLINE (1-888-743-5754) and may be offering shelter services.
  • Valley Oasis in Lancater, CA has offers shelter and other services for men and their children. 24-hour Hotline: (661) 945-6736.
  • Family of Men Support Society, Calgary, Canada, shelter and support services.
  • Male Survivor, Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Boys and Men
  • probono.net, provides resources for pro bono and legal services attorneys and others working to assist low income or disadvantaged clients.
  • LawHelp.org, helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, answers to questions about their legal rights, and find forms to help with their legal problems.
  • Shared Parenting Works has parenting plans and other resources.
  • Walk a Mile in HIS Shoes resources for abused men in Canada.
  • One in Three Campaign resoures for abused men in Australia.
  • Stop Abuse for Everyone, one of the most comprehensive and oldest sites dedicated to victims of domestic violence. The site was recently upgraded with the assistance of NCFM. The site includes an interactive map of north America for helping to find shelter services that might or do help abused men.

More great resources for men and those who care about men. Ask your elected officials if they do.

Men's Health Network

Protect yourself! Get the book!!

File a Federal Complaint

If you have specific instances of discrimination against male domestic violence victims by any government-funded DV program anywhere in the U.S., please send all evidence you have to the following federal agencies as a complaint, and state that this violates United States Code, Title 42, Section 3789d(c)(1). Give them as much evidence as you can. They are supposed to investigate it. After several months you may get a letter back saying there is "insufficient evidence" and that they need more information such as dates and times of the discrimination, names of the programs and contact info, names and contact info of witnesses, documents or records, and a detailed chronological narrative. So, re regarding evidence, the more the better. You can send the complaints by email, mail, or both. Send them to: Office of Civil Rights Office of Justice Programs U.S. Department of Justice 810 7th Street, NW Washington, DV 20531 Office of the Inspector General inspector.general@usdoj.gov oig.hotline@usdoj.gov

%d bloggers like this: