For anyone who has ever wondered where our popular culture is taking us, Hating Women is at once an electrifying social commentary and a clarion call for change. In Hating Women, Shmuley Boteach, the passionate social critic and relationship guru, examines an alarming trend of misogyny in our popular culture, and laments that women themselves are playing into the hands of the money ' hungry, morally bankrupt, sex ' obsessed culture that is exploiting them as the ultimate cheap commodity. For example, he points to the popularity of a whole slew of reality television shows that have saturated our culture with what he deems the four vulgar archetypes of women ' the Greedy Gold Digger, the Publicity ' Seeking Prostitute, the Brainless Bimbo, and the Backstabbing Bitch ' and their equally offensive male counterparts ' the Crotch ' Scratcher, the Harem Gatherer, the Selfish Spouse, and the Porn Addict.
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April 11, 2006
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Excerpt from Hating Women by Shmuley Boteach
Fall of the Feminist Dream
As I watched President Bush deliver the 2005 State of the Union address, I experienced a redemptive sense of vindication. For years I had been hammering away, on radio, television, and in print, at the crisis of American manhood, manifested specifically in the growing male tendency to disrespect women. I was shocked at how the principal portrayal of women as empty, shallow, and sleazy vessels who just want men's cash, and who do anything for fame and publicity, including sleeping with complete strangers and taking their clothes off for celebrity, gradually became mainstream. I was likewise astonished at how no one seemed to care how this brutal portrayal was adversely affecting the respect men had for women. Then, smack in the middle of the most important political speech of the year, along with such pressing international priorities as holding Iran accountable for its desire to build nuclear weapons, President Bush suddenly announced that he had appointed his wife, Laura, to head a national effort to raise a new generation of American men who know how to respect women.
Now, with the country beginning to recognize the depth of the women-hating crisis among men, I want to welcome you to my world. I am the father of five young daughters, and I am deeply troubled by the world they are growing up to inhabit as women. It is a world that values a woman's bust over her brains, her body over her moral fiber, and her sexual nature over her soul and spirit. It is a world that increasingly diminishes a woman into the sum total of her bodily parts. It is a world where men routinely use the word bitch, and where women are portrayed as complacent playthings to lecherous men.
I have been stunned to see the growing misogyny in our culture, and I am even more shocked to see how little women seem to care about their degradation. Indeed, it is difficult to gauge what is more shocking: the rampant exploitation of women or the near complete silence and lack of protest about this alarming trend. And it is all happening so fast. Before one degrading TV show about women like Joe Millionaire or For Love or Money has run its course, ten even more degrading shows have sprung up to take its place.