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Make Your Man a Sensitive Man

The New Husbands and How to Become OneThe New Husbands
And How to Become One
DuBrin
1976

This is an attempt by the author to re-define marriage roles, since women’s liberation has changed the traditional role of the wife. But what about those men? What is a new husband? This author offers insights and even a quiz (I love a good quiz!) to help men figure out the new woman and marriage.

Nice glimpse into the culture of the women’s movement. However, recent events and discussions on the interwebs have me speculating that maybe things haven’t changed all that much. Back in the 1970s,  the ideal sensitive man was Alan Alda or Phil Donahue. In this century, I haven’t a clue who would be the ideal sensitive man. Suggestions?

Mary

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Who’s your daddy?

Best Dad is a Good Lover coverThe Best Dad is a Good Lover
Shedd
1977

This title caught me off guard, which probably says more about me than the actual book. It also raised eyebrows with my fellow library pals. Sorry to those hoping for something more salacious. Regardless, this book is actually not too bad, especially if you consider the era in which it was written. The basic mission of fathers is to love the mothers of your children (and get involved with those kids). It does scream 1970s with the reference to “women’s lib.” Clearly, this is a book with a fixation on traditional marriage roles. Check out the advice for the woman wanting to work whose husband won’t “let” her.

In other news, the processing is horrible, as you can see from my attempts to cover various identifying labels. In addition to all the labeling, there are stamps everywhere: title page, verso, inside front and back, and several pages in the regular text. Seriously. Less is more, people.

Mary

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Naked Nomads

Naked Nomads - cover

Naked Nomads
Unmarried Men in America
Gilder
1974

Well, who wouldn’t pick up a book with this title? If I hadn’t been browsing the 300s I doubt this would have been on my radar. Guess what? Being single for guys is very bad for you, and society for that matter.  You may think the irresponsible “Playboy” lifestyle is all that and a bag of chips, but Gilder is here to show you that being single is a one way trip to prison, or a hospital, or you may simply just die. Evidently single guys just can’t hack life.

The voice and tone is very 1970s. Nice for a glimpse into the past, but probably not a keeper for most regular public libraries. I would like to see if the author updated his book.  From the dust jacket, he wasn’t married so maybe he is in prison or dead by now. If you want more on our manly man Gilder, you can see his Wikipedia page here. Sorry to disappoint, but there are no naked pictures of nomads or anyone else for that matter.

Mary

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