In 2015, Dr. Paul Nathanson and Dr. Katherine K. Young published the fourth volume in their series on the presence of misandry in North American culture. Entitled “Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men”, it continues the pattern of research excellence and biting social commentary demonstrated in the first three volumes. Considerably shorter than its predecessors, it focuses on specific “revolutionary” topics that have not received sufficient attention in the postmodern academic world: those involving the Neolithic and Agricultural, Industrial, Military, and Sexual and Reproductive Revolutions. It concludes with a brief but poignant reflection on Postmodern Man that shows how both genders have suffered much in the social upheaval.
Footnoted prodigiously, it remains accessible to the serious reader who though not an academic has a burning interest in the subject. Let’s face it, most people don’t, and one of the results is the farce that is masquerading as a Presidential election in the United States.
Throughout the debates and in the seemingly endless stream of negative ads that is bombarding the electorate, the constant theme of women’s rights and dignity are put before us. Very little is said about women’s responsibility, or lack thereof, that according to any credible measure, parallels men’s. Nor is much said about the plight of men, which indicates either that both candidates don’t really care or that they are so incompetent and unbalanced as to be ignorant about one of society’s most pressing problems.
The lack of class and maturity of both candidates was in full view in their final debate, in which they failed to shake hands either before or after their debate. In a sense, they epitomize many of the problems Nathanson and Young highlight in their work.
Mrs. Clinton is a banner carrier for ideological feminism and could hardly be more biased / unbalanced and divisive on gender issues. Mr. Trump is a macho rich businessman who is almost completely insensitive to the real needs of both genders and demonstrates so many of the shadow sides of masculinity that women’s advocates have rightly pointed out. Many of the subjects they discussed in their debates are echoed in Nathanson’s and Young’s work, though in a much more objective and intelligent manner.
I found this book to be more balanced and objective than the previous volumes because it focused intensely on particular crucial historical and sociological developments that most political and academic leaders sadly ignore.
You will probably not hear or read much about this book, or its predecessors, because society and sadly, most of the Christian denominations, are simply unwilling to listen. Overall, both Church and culture have pandered to women’s concerns for so long that they have become blinded to the plight of men. There is no excuse for leaders in both secular and religious realms to remain ignorant of the issues brought up by Nathanson and Young, but there is almost zero pressure on them to open their eyes to reality rather than to ideology. Sadly, as the current election indicates, mass society is likewise inordinately influenced by radical feminist propaganda.
Academia, which in the last half century has become cravenly beholden to feminism in a repugnant manner, apparently is resigned to being a puppet for women’s concerns to the overall exclusion of men’s. This is a major reason why this work by Nathanson and Young is so valuable. They address real world issues in an objective manner and in timely fashion. If you want to get the real story about the gender crisis in this country, consult Nathanson’s and Young’s works, rather than the mass media. In the former, you’ll get the real story, thoroughly and responsibly researched. Most important, the lessons you will learn are not only global and communal ones, but personal and relationship ones, the kind that can bring and keep couples and families together.
Replacing Misandry is available from McGill-Queen’s University Press