Dr. Warren Farrell (1943-present) is an American author of seven books on women and men’s issues. His books’ contributions cover twelve fields—history, law, sociology and politics (The Myth of Male Power); couples’ communication (Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say); economic and career issues (Why Men Earn More); child psychology and child custody (Father and Child Reunion); and teenage to adult psychology and socialization, (Why Men Are the Way they Are and The Liberated Man). All of his books contribute to women and men’s studies and critique the image of the sexes in the media. For example, about his most recent book, Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?, the publisher, Oxford University Press states "A perfect book to get students thinking and debating... ideal for courses in gender studies, sociology, psychology, economics, feminist philosophy, and contemporary moral issues."
As a college student, Warren Farrell was a national vice-president of the largest student organization in the U.S., the Student-National Education Association, leading President Lyndon B. Johnson to invite him to the White House Conference on Education.[image] While completing his Ph.D. at NYU, he served as an assistant to the president of New York University.
During this period--his feminist period--Farrell wrote op eds for the New York Times and appeared frequently on the Today Show and Phil Donahue Show, and was featured in People (magazine), Parade (magazine) and the international media. This, and his women and men’s groups, one of which had been joined by John Lennon, inspired The Liberated Man, a book written from the feminist perspective that nevertheless introduced the parallel to women as “sex objects:” men as “success objects.” [image]
In the seventies and eighties Farrell developed his trademark role reversal audience-participation exercises designed to get the sexes to “walk a mile in the others’ moccasins.” Best-known were his “men’s beauty contest,” in which every man was invited to participate in “the beauty contest of everyday life that no woman can escape;” and the “role reversal date” in which every woman was encouraged to “risk a few of the 150 risks of rejection men typically experience between eye contact and intercourse.”
By the late 80’s, Dr. Farrell felt the misunderstandings about men had deepened and become dangerous to the survival of families and love. He spent six years re-examining everything he thought he knew about the sexes. The result was The Myth of Male Power.
The Myth of Male Power became known for its research and its paradigm shift about male and female power. Farrell redefined power as “control over one’s life,” saying “men learn to define power as feeling obligated to earn money someone else spends while they die sooner.” Farrell argues that “men's weakness is their facade of strength; women's strength is their facade of weakness.“ He claimed it was less accurate to see patriarchy as dominating women than to understand that the needs of survival led to institutions that controlled both sexes differently, such as male-only draft registration. He concluded that we had much less need for a women's movement or a men's movement, but needed instead a gender transition movementto make a transition from the rigid roles of our past to more flexible roles for our future.
Analyses such as these led The Myth of Male Power to become both his most-praised and most-controversial book. In the fledgling discipline of men’s studies, it is considered the classic.
To address children’s loss of their dad in child custody cases, Farrell wrote Father and Child Reunion, a meta-analysis of research on what is the optimal family arrangement for children of divorce. He documented some twenty-six ways in which children of divorce do better when three conditions prevail: shared parenting; close parental proximity; and no bad-mouthing. This provided the basis for his making shared parenting his primary platform when he ran for Governor of California in 2003.
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