Pale Male by Gerald J. Russello

Pale Male

Manliness
by Harvey C. Mansfield
Yale University Press, 2006
(280 pages, $27.50, hardcover)

reviewed by Gerald J. Russello

With his talk of “manly men” and women as “the weaker sex,” Harvey Mansfield no doubt intends to stir up debate about how we think about men and women. Lawrence Summers’s remarks about women in science demonstrate that discussing what we know, and do not know, about men and women remains an ideological minefield.

Mansfield, long a professor of government at Harvard and no stranger to intellectual combat, asserts in this brilliant, idiosyncratic, and needed book that “our gender-neutral society needs to readopt the distinction between pu . . .