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Dr. Laura's Empowering Book
August 12, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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How am I supposed to review a book with a title like " Woman Power "? That's the question I asked myself when I received a copy of Dr. Laura Schlessinger's latest book.

After I snapped myself out of macho mode, I remembered just how much each one of us, regardless of gender, can benefit from Dr. Laura's wisdom. After all, she's been providing it to us for years via her radio show and her countless numbers of best sellers.

"Woman Power: Transform Your Man, Your Marriage, Your Life" is the companion book to her mega-selling "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands." This time around Dr. Laura gives us sound advice on continuing the transformation that, with her expert guidance and recommendations, will assist us in attaining greater happiness in marriage and in life.

In a recent appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes," Dr. Laura said, "In the beginning of the feminist movement, the notion of equal civil rights" made sense with regard to gender, race and age.

She noted that as long as you were "competent to do the job" you were entitled to "equal opportunity." She pointed out that "nobody should have a problem with that."

Then Dr. Laura explained how something went wrong. She said: "It became a vicious attack on men. And the feminist movement works to separate men and women, to separate women from their own femininity, from the desire to love their men and be there to nurture their children. It has told women that all the things that are gentle and wonderful about them are somehow part of their oppression and any differences between men and women are constructs of society."

In "Woman Power," Dr. Laura urges women to do something that guys the world over will appreciate. She teaches women to master the fine art of inspiring their men to treat them with consideration and respect. This will end up producing a satisfying marriage.

She got the idea for the new book from readers of her last one. People kept writing to her, saying: "We want questions to ask ourselves, things to do, things to think about. We get in women's groups; we're in church groups. We need more information."

So the good doctor built on the concepts of her previous work, giving wives questions to reflect upon, stories to contemplate, and ideas to put into practice for repairing and renewing their relationships.

As the book's introduction describes, Dr. Laura "found it fascinating that most women are really not all that aware of how dismissive they are toward their husbands and their husbands' needs. That mentality has become so commonplace in our culture that most women don't register it as unkind, thoughtless, cruel, abusive, or downright mean."

She stated an oftentimes sad truth, putting it in simple and direct terms: "By and large we're not all that nice to husbands." She's out to change that.

Reading "Woman Power" will help you to understand:

Why men are "simple" creatures, emotionally speaking, and what they really need.

Why women can't "have it all" and are hurting themselves by trying to.

The pervasive reality and toll of anti-male bias.

Constructive, effective alternatives to nitpicking and nagging.

Tips to help couples improve communication and resolve conflicts over career priorities, housework, child-rearing, and sex.

And so much more.

In summing up "Woman Power," Dr. Laura put it best when she said, "I want to give women back this control over the whole spectrum of their lives."

I can hear her saying "now go do the right thing," which in this case means buy the book, implement its principles and snag some of that happiness.

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