She trained and practised as a medical doctor before establishing herself as an author. She is best known for her book The Manipulated Man and its various follow-ups, which argue that, contrary to common feminist and women's rights rhetoric, women in industrialized cultures are not oppressed, but rather exploit a well-established system of manipulating men. She studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires , and in went to West Germany on scholarship to continue her studies in psychology and sociology. She worked as a doctor in a Bavarian hospital for a year, and has also worked as a translator, saleswoman, assembly-line worker in a thermometer factory, shoe model, and secretary. Esther married the German author Klaus Wagn in
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Manipulated Man by Esther Vilar. Esther Vilar's classic polemic about the relationship between the sexes caused a sensation. Vilar's perceptive and often very funny look at the battle between the sexes has earned her death threats.
But Vilar's intention is not misogynous: she maintains that only if women and men look at their place in society with honesty, will there be any hope for change. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Manipulated Man , please sign up.
Opinion here rather than questioning. This book is simply re the title: "the manipulated man". Todd Most reviewers merely "cut and paste" other peoples printed opinions, please form your own. On to the book, remember folks this was written in , m …more Most reviewers merely "cut and paste" other peoples printed opinions, please form your own. On to the book, remember folks this was written in , most of the "opinionated reviewers" weren't even born yet so please hold your "two cents". For the rest of us born before then and experiencing what the writer writes about their are a lot of women out there that are doing as Vilar suggests, most are 55 and older and probably grew up in large families.
I would say the author is spot on with women from that age group. See all 3 questions about The Manipulated Man…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Manipulated Man. Jan 31, K. Mind-blowing in its courage and audacity, corrosive in its vitriol against feminine wiles and subterfuge. It would be more eye-opening and horrifying if ALL American women were as Vilar claims, but luckily I have found several women that defy her stereotype. Moreover, Vilar doesn't suggest any solutions to this gender war, she just gloomily insists men are happy to be lambs to the slaughter.
It reads very quickly and it's hard to prove Vilar wrong. One gets the feeling that only a woman coul Mind-blowing in its courage and audacity, corrosive in its vitriol against feminine wiles and subterfuge.
One gets the feeling that only a woman could have written this, and probably paid a high social price for doing so. View 2 comments. May 10, erjan avid reader rated it it was amazing. I could not believe a woman wrote this HONEST account on her own gender and how women manipulate secretly men into believing their masculinity; though the process of growing a man starts from baby years.
Truth from this book: a man is a useful machine designed to make woman's life comfortable. Sep 10, A rated it did not like it Shelves: , feminism-and-other-politics. Over time, like so many books popular in their own age, the notoriety has dwindled. To her credit, Vilar is a clear, articulate writer, good at conveying her points and only a chore to read when she hammers at them too much. The basic gist of her thesis is that women are parasites, manipulating men into doing the work for them, so they can live free of worry in domestic wastefulness.
While this idea will immediately make most feminists like myself gag, quite a bit of what Vilar presents meshes with most feminism, and Vilar has identified herself as a feminist. She takes a basically constructionist, non-essentialist view that women are not born with this attitude but are taught.
The general notion that the traditions of paternalism and chivalry are in fact negative and destructive to adult relationships is also in keeping with general feminist views. Where she diverges from most feminism and probably why she drew so much criticism is where she places the primary blame. It is not men who force this system onto women, but women who use what ostensibly seems a subordinate position to subjugate men. Topping from the bottom, so to speak.
Men are, after all, the ones who do the work, the ones who are expected to provide, to take the risks, to bear the hardest physical burdens. On the one hand, women are stupid and uncreative, yet they expertly manipulate men through a covert matriarchy, while men believe they are really in control.
It might be that much of this manipulation is unconscious, but to do it well requires some brainpower. And though she seems quite convinced that men have accomplished a lot more, she also dismisses them for needing to subjugate themselves to a god or a woman Daddy and Mommy.
Her argument often hinges on broad generalizations that are, unsurprisingly, questionable. But come on. Maybe they didn't have really steamy covers on romance novels at the time? I could go on, but you get the picture. But Vilar has no problem blithely dismissing that text as merely copying the ideas of men, focusing on what they wrote of women, rather than women themselves. Part of why Beauvoir was doing was analyzing how women has been cast as the Other.
By men, mostly. But Beauvoir does, in fact, cite a few female writers. And it's certainly not as if male philosophers don't typically draw on the ideas of other male philosophers in order to build on them. Vilar dismisses educated women everywhere as trained parrots, mimicking what the men have done while creating nothing of their of their own.
Considering that, as she says, men are responsible for the culture and everything, what else is one supposed to do? What other legacy have I, as a woman, got to draw from? Oddly, this criticism puts her in close company with radical feminists of a separatist bent, who she also criticizes for dithering over details. She ends on a pessimistic note, not believing men or women will have the guts to free themselves of this system, a system I am not sure works precisely as she imagines it.
What is bizarrely absent is any discussion of violence, coercion, and abuse, issues that have always been a touchstone of feminism. She does not even, like many MRAs nowadays, divert the issue to abuse sexual and otherwise against men.
On either end, it is unfortunate that she avoids it and weakens her overall argument. Mostly I wanted to pick something apart in more depth than most fans or detractors have bothered to do.
I just didn't like it. At least then I could laugh a bit more at the ridiculous things being said. View all 3 comments.
Feb 21, Farfignugen rated it really liked it. This was a very interesting and eye-opening book. It gave a lot of insight into the minds of women, tantamount to forbidden knowledge. Reading it, I felt like an incredulous Westerner in the 's who was entrusted with some Eastern-bloc defector's top-secret files. To summarize it: Women don't want to work, and prefer it when men do all the thinking and working for them.
The modern industrial state has not subjugated women, but has made them the de facto rulers of the world, since men slavishly This was a very interesting and eye-opening book. The modern industrial state has not subjugated women, but has made them the de facto rulers of the world, since men slavishly obey women in exchange for temporary use of their vaginas. There is one section however in which I completely disagree with Vilar.
She states that women enjoy mathematics, because it is a system of easily-memorizable rules. This is complete nonsense. I am doctoral student in chemical engineering; I have been doing mathematics and science for pretty much the last decade in school.
Most college women HATE mathematics! They HATE it! And the reason for the hatred is exactly the reason Ms.
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The main idea behind the book is that women are not oppressed by men but rather control men to their advantage. The book argues that, contrary to common feminist and women's rights rhetoric, women in industrialized cultures are not oppressed, but rather exploit a well-established system of manipulating men. Vilar writes, "Men have been trained and conditioned by women, not unlike the way Pavlov conditioned his dogs, into becoming their slaves. As compensation for their labours men are given periodic use of a woman's vagina.