Counterpoint: Not Every Man Needs Reforming

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(3), 229. Comments on a reply by G. R. Brooks (see record 2005-15480-001) to a review by A. Barbee (see record 2004-17490-024) on a book by G. Brooks (see record 1995-98487-000) regarding sexual behaviors. Barbee argues that Brooks's reply illustrates many of her original concerns. Specifically, Barbee contends that gender differences in attachment style are seldom found and disagrees with Brooks's contention that men's sexuality is culturally constructed in a hedonic way. Barbee's point was that Brooks expresses his views using polarized language, tends to include all men in his characterizations (both contrary to a pure social constructionist epistemology), and has offered no original scientific data to support his commentary. Many of the men that Brooks described could benefit from therapy. But Brooks confuses missing his point with disagreeing with his point; Barbee does not concur that every man needs reforming. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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