Once in a while a book lays it down straight and shows us how the world is really upside down between the sexes.
This book is written for men. But it’s written by a woman named Esther Villar.
The premise is pretty simple, and it’s summed in the following sentence: “Could it be that strength, intelligence, and imagination are not prerequisites for power but merely qualifications for slavery?”
Society has set up the guy to be subservient to the girl, and the guy loves it. The rest of the book expands on why this is so. In the process, Villar debunks some of the myths that society brainwashes the man with.
One of them, for instance, is the idea that a woman can really be impressed by another man. Villar argues that, in fact, all she really cares about are the opinions of other women.
One of the reviews of the book I’ve read in the past talks about how she doesn’t really take into account the evolutionary aspect of society. Why does a girl choose a really buff dude over a skinny guy? Evolutionary biology would say that she chooses the buff dude because it’s part of her physiological design to choose the fittest. Villar would probably argue that it’s because he’s a bigger tool who can be utilized better.
For Villar, there is definitely more of an emphasis on the sociological aspects. In fact, I would argue that it has social Randian aspects. That is, individuals should live selfishly and moral virtues are really slavish behavior. In “The Manipulated Man,” of course, the man has been tricked into thinking that they still matter while the woman plays another game.
What’s amazing is that a woman would be so honestly self-critical of her own sex. It’s a breath of fresh air in our contemporary age of hyper-feminism and divinization of women.