But stop reading every few chapters--too much and Dowd's refrain of cynicism will affect you. Because the book is a series of essays, the chapters each seem to start over at ground zero. Each one echoes similar emotions rather than building on each other to form a cohesive argument or satisfying conclusion. Bottom line: read it expecting enjoyment, not expecting a gender argument.
From p. 9: "My mom, a soft touch who loved men, suggested that I change my title to Why Men Are Necessary. 'Men are necessary for breeding and heavy lifting,' she said wryly."