Picks and Pans Review: What Every Woman Should Know About Men

updated 02/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Dr. Joyce Brothers

The advice in this book, especially that dealing with sex, is hopelessly antiquated and unconsciously sexist. Want to know how to catch a fella? Brothers says to avoid movies starring "ravishingly beautiful" women—they invite invidious comparison. To induce a star "performance" once he's caught, "please him by taking a tape measure to bed." She's added a few quotes from doctors and inserted stories about herself, her husband, Milt (who must be a saint to put up with this sort of exposure), her daughter and her son-in-law, and former patients. Every Woman is oversimplified, sentimental, trite and silly. "We must cherish the men in our lives. They are fragile. They are sad. They are vulnerable. They are aggressive, stubborn, infuriating, predictable—and adorable. And they need us. What more could a woman ask?" To be spared such gushy prose, among other things. (Simon and Schuster, $14.50)

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