Do you have a gentleman in your life whom you would like to convert to the righteous and noble cause of feminism? Perhaps a young boy whom you would like to indoctrinate good and early? Have you found yourself trying to explain the concept of “privilege” to a man and thought, “Ugh, this is exhausting. I wish I could just hand him a book that would explain all of this so that I can go watch the most recent episode of Mad Men”?
Well, you can buy him a copy of The Guy’s Guide to Feminism, by Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel. It is that handy dandy book. It’s smart, simple, funny, and a great introduction to feminism designed specifically for men. Here’s an excerpt, from the entry for “Education”:
Science News Flash (1873): Some startling research proves once and for all that it’s a bad idea for women to be educated. Careful observation shows that women who go to college have fewer children. The reason, Harvard professor Edward Clarke tells us, is obvious: Allowing women’s brains to grow means their wombs will shrink. The conclusion: Since this could lead to depopulation, it’s best to keep women out of the classroom.
Demography News Flash (2012): In our colleges and universities, well over 50 percent of students are women. They’re the majority of medical students, law students, and business students.
What Happened In Between?
HYPOTHESIS ONE: In the 1880s, women’s dresses were too large to fit into classroom seats. Styles have changed, so now women can get an education.
HYPOTHESIS TWO: Feminism.
Buy said gentleman this book! If you don’t want to do that, or if you’ve already done that, buy him a ticket to Paradigm Shift’s upcoming Guy’s Guide event.
Next Wednesday, June 6th
7-9:30pm at The Feminist District
151 W. 46th St. (b/t 6th & 7th Ave) 8th Floor
Featuring Michael Kimmel, co-author of The Guy’s Guide and Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York domestic violence prevention organization.
Cost: $12 pre-paid, $15 at door
Limited Seating/Buy Online!
Do it! Be there! Go team!