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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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LOVED IT

hits the nail right on the head. I love every point you made and connect so we'll to this book!! will be recommending

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Simply Brilliant!

This is one of the most important books of this decade. It offers concrete objective facts as well as a healthy dose of common sense to combat today’s growing cacophony of post-modernist drivel.

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The reality that we need to hear but don't want to

Couldn't put this book down. Backed by statistics, studies, and data Mona describes the struggle we face today. Women empowerment is embracing women's natural instincts and encouraging men to embrace theirs.

A must read for this generation.

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A terrific book

this book helped me more clearly understand the awful consequences of much of the societal meddling of the past 50 years. I, like the author, had signed on to many of the initiatives with Great Hopes. the result of these initiatives has been a weakening of our society with it's worse consequences for the poor and other unfortunates.

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Eye opening and rooted in research

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  • Sean
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  • 07-23-18

Best audiobook I have listened to in the last few years

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Great Book!!! This is the third-wave of Feminism!!

Great Book!!! This is the third-wave of Feminism in the United States!! Things have changed because of the second-wave feminists. It was harmful in many ways!

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Left out an Obama quote

Obama would not want his daughter "punished with a baby" I was surprised it was not included.

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  • 07-17-18

Beautiful

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