Book Review: "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism"

Preface: I have a lot to say about this book.  Most of it will be negative. However, as always, I will attempt to be as fair and judicious as I can in my evaluation.

This is a shortened version of my full review. The full version can be viewed here.

Rating: 3/10

In short: If I were stuck in the New York Public Library in The Day After Tomorrow, this book would be the first to go into the fire, and I doubt anyone would really bemoan it.

About the Author: Carrie Lukas, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University, is currently the vice president and director of policy for the Independent Women’s Forum, a women’s group which espouses more “conservative” views than one would normally expect. She has previously worked for the Cato Institute as social security analyst and has also been involved in government work.

The Good: In all honesty, my favorite thing about this book was the wide margins. It left me lots of room to write my various objections. In fact, it made me nostalgic for my feminist theory book, which had decidedly smaller margins, and as such were often filled to the brim with my writing. This book, while its margins were still occupied, did not present me with such problems.

The Bad: There were three chief issues with this work: first, Lukas’ has a tendency to make factual and statistical claims and does not cite her sources; second, the is a substantial lack of positive claims in the book; third, she either seriously misunderstand or misrepresents feminism. The book comes dangerously close to being one large straw-man.

Conclusion Reader beware: only pick up this book if you already believe in what she’s saying, or if your purpose is to write a long, scathing review. It deserves to be picked apart more than I have time for here. Truly a disappointment.

~V.A. Luttrell (feels dirty now)