Sex Matters

How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense
Narrated by: Mona Charen
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
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Author of the New York Times best seller Useful Idiots and popular columnist Mona Charen takes a close, reasoned look at the aggressive feminist agenda undermining the success and happiness of men and women across the country.

In this smart, deeply necessary critique, Mona Charen unpacks the ways feminism fails us at home, in the workplace, and in our personal relationships - by promising that we can have it all, do it all, and be it all. Here, she upends the feminist agenda and the liberal conversation surrounding women's issues by asking tough and crucial questions, such as:  

  • Did women's full equality require the total destruction of the nuclear family? 
  • Did it require a sexual revolution that would dismantle traditions of modesty, courtship, and fidelity that had characterized relations between the sexes for centuries? 
  • Did it cause the broken dating culture and the rape crisis on our college campuses? 
  • Did it require war between the sexes that would deem men the "enemy" of women?
  • Have the strides of feminism made women happier in their home and work life. (The answer is no.)  

Sex Matters tracks the price we have paid for denying sex differences and stoking the war of the sexes - family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional as well as a wife and mother, Mona Charen calls for a sexual ceasefire for the sake of women, men, and children.

©2018 Mona Charen (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"Mona Charen has written a book that matters. Honest, fearless, and insightful, it's a polemic that's more than a polemic. It's a thought-provoking attempt to induce those willing to liberate themselves from contemporary pieties to think anew about the family, about equality, and about the nature of men and women." (William Kristol, editor at large, The Weekly Standard)

“An honest book on a crucial subject by a wonderful writer. Her book will be widely praised and widely attacked. Even the attackers, somewhere within themselves, will know it’s true. This is a book that deals in reality.” (Jay Nordlinger, senior editor, National Review)

Sex Matters is a cultural milestone. Mona Charen dissolves decades of fallacies in the acid of honesty. I found this book thrilling.” (George Gilder, author of Life After Google and Men and Marriage)

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Seriously outdated and triggering

Some points are valid but I found most of what I could tolerate (chapter 1) really outdated, concerning and triggering. Worrying about who successful women will marry if they are more educated / successful!? Worrying about men being upset if they are ‘left behind’!? Skewed views from the current climate of feminism. Romance and the protection of the fragile male seems prioritized.

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Very well researched and eye-opening

This very well researched book really opened my eyes and gave me cause to question some long-held beliefs I had about feminism. I have spent many years in education, teaching and substitute teaching in very diverse settings, and so much of what Charen describes rings very true for me, clarifying many things. It’s a very good read.

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Must read for feminists and nonfeminists

Cheron wants equality for women but doesn't desire the second wave feminist agenda. That agenda is one of anti family and anti male per the movements own leaders. Science backs the need for nuclear families and father figures. Really common sense stuff that is sadly taboo in our modern day society by those who desire political power and intellectual dissonance. Men and women are different and power is not the ultimate aim of human flourishing.

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Amazing book!

Facts and real numbers! Good research and easy read. Highly recommend it. Very relative to out days.

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A handbook for living life well

As a 60 year old grandmother I found myself nodding along to so much of this book. So many truths that should be common sense but have been largely lost in the strange fantasy world that many have created and wish to foist upon all of us. There seems to be a fervent desire to tear down all norms and traditions, even ones that clearly work better than others tried before (and there is nothing new in human relations - it has ALL been done before). But I suppose it may seem that way because I am old.

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Male perspective

I wish I could write a longer response from a male perspective. Let me just say, as the recipient of one of the first female pilots in my squadron and someone who solved rubics cube (with my wife’s help, lol) and the father of 4 daughters and grandfather to 14 granddaughters and 3 great granddaughters, RIGHT ON, Mona!

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Worth the purchase.

This is a timely audiobook on a subject that needs clarity in the mist of morass we find society in.

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A Much Needed Examination of the Current Times...

As we, as a country, move in a more progressive and liberal direction, information and books like this one shine a glaring light of honesty on the numerous atrocities that accompany our movement. Very well researched and factually based, an unpopular book with an unpopular stance, but a very necessary one. God bless Mona Charen and her team!

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Wish I could give 10 stars

This book is eye-opening, honest, and truly courageous. I am 72 now and wish that (had it been written then) I had read it as a young woman. I believe that it would have changed my life. Perhaps the best non-fiction book I have ever read.

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Spot on discussion about the feminist movement.

loved it, puts a lot things into perspective and opens a discussion with fact not feeling.

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  • 02-22-19

Please give this book to every liberal you know

A thoughtful, eminently researched, humane, and devastating critique of how extremist feminism has become mainstream. Charen dissects and demolishes the misinformation and ideological groupthink that has turned feminism into a movement that damages both men and women. This book will make you think about the direction of western civilisation in a very different way. Highly recommended.

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  • MoFoods
  • 07-17-18

Beautiful

I am not a Feminist. We are all equal and different. Beautifully researched & written...