Are Men Necessary?

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Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide
Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide book cover.jpg
AuthorMaureen Dowd
CountryUnited States
SubjectGender Studies, Women
PublisherPutnam Publishing Group
Publication date
November 8, 2005
Media typePrint Paperback
305.3/0973/090511 22
LC ClassHQ1075.5.U6 D68 2005

Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide is a book written by American author and The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. The book was not well received by critics, unlike her previous book Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk.


The book described the state of feminism, whether women's pursuit of a mate is worthy, and the belief that smart women were relegated to the home with only domestic duties. Are Men Necessary? dealt with cultural analysis and was a memoir of sexual politics along with modern gender relations. Dowd gave her personal view of Hillary Clinton, arguing that she destroyed feminism, betrayed other women by sticking with her "dissembling, thong-seeking, wife-betraying husband", and became a feminist icon in the process.