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The Decline of Males
The Decline of Males
By Lionel Tiger
Golden Books, 1999, 256 pp

Males remain the sex most likely to engage in genocide, rape, gang warfare, plunder, terrorism, prisoner abuse, and an extensive array of other violations of military and civil decency. Thus begins the latest book by this fearless anthropologist, who coined the term "male bonding" and is now deeply concerned about how contemporary societies address the biological consequences of our hunter-gatherer past. In brief, Tiger argues that men are programmed for behavior that modern society finds hard to take, and that the sexual revolution, contraception, changes in government, and the spread of single parenthood as a norm will all lead to large numbers of unsocialized males. It is a truism of the sociology of violence that more rootless young men mean more bloodshed in the forms of both crime and war; this troubling and important book helps explain why.