Are Men Necessary?
|Subject||Gender Studies, Women|
|Publisher||Putnam Publishing Group|
|November 8, 2005|
|Media type||Print Paperback|
|LC Class||HQ1075.5.U6 D68 2005|
Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide is a book written by American author and The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. It received a torrent of criticism and created controversy regarding classic problems facing women balancing careers and families. The book was not well received by critics, unlike her previous book Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk.
In the book, Dowd puts forward her view of the current state of feminism, whether women pursuing a mate is worthy and the belief that smart women are left at home only to be left with only domestic duties. Are Men Necessary? deals with the cultural analysis and memoir of sexual politics along with modern gender relations. There are also her personal views about Hillary Clinton arguing that she destroyed feminism, betraying other women by sticking with her "dissembling, thong-seeking, wife-betraying husband", and becoming a feminist icon in the process.
- NPR's Fresh Air interview: 
- Bill Thompson's Eye on Books interview: 
- CNN:"If Maureen Dowd was trying to cause controversy, she's done a good job."
- New York Magazine:"The Redhead and the Gray Lady" by Ariel Levy
- Salon "Scary screeds about Maureen Dowd, written by threatened men"
- Slip Sliding Away: Maureen Dowd's Are Men Necessary? stirs up stagnant feminist movement by Felicia Feaster 
- Metacritic "Are Men Necessary?" by Maureen Dowd
- Entertainment Weekly"Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide" Book review
- Salon: "Yes, Maureen Dowd is necessary" by Rebecca Traister
- The Nation "The World According to Dowd"
- The Age "Why do women hate Maureen Dowd?" by Virginia Haussegger
- BookReporter.com: 
- The Age "Maureen Dowd looks at power and gender from some unusual angles."
- Wall Street Journal article