Esther Vilar's classic polemic about the relationship between the sexes caused a sensation on its first publication. In her introduction to this revised edition, Vilar maintains that very little has changed. A man is a human being who works, while a woman chooses to let a man provide for her and her children in return for carefully dispensed praise and sex. Vilar's perceptive, thought-provoking and often very funny look at the battle between the sexes has earned her severe criticism and even 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.
Esther Vilar was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied medicine and sociology before becoming a writer. She followed the world-wide success of The Manipulated Man with two more books about the relationship between the sexes, The Polygamous Sex and The End of Manipulation, the novels The Mosquito and The Mathematics of Nina Gluckstein and numerous plays, including The American Popess and Speer. Her latest play is Jealousy.She lives in Barcelona and London.
Author's introduction The slave's happiness What is man? What is woman? A woman's horizon The fair sex The universe is male Her stupidity makes woman divine Breaking them in Manipulation by means of self-abasement A dictionary Women have no feelings Sex as reward The female libido Manipulation through bluff Commercialised prayers Self-conditioning Children as hostages Women's vices The mask of femininity The business world as a hunting ground The "emancipated" female Women's liberation What is love?