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Men-Dont-Pee-Straight-cover-imageReviewed by Amanda Schafer

When I started out with Men Don’t Pee Straight, I was hoping it would be a comical, yet understandable, approach to explaining how and why men think the way they do. However, as I read through the book, I found it to be one massive excuse after another for men to feel validated in being lazy and for women to come to the realization that there is nothing we can do to change them. Each page covers one aspect of the way men think and a check-list that women can use to mark down the dates when their man has acted in a particular manner. Men are babies, men have fragile egos, men don’t do dishes, men don’t change diapers, and men don’t pee straight are only a few of the pages included in this book. There are reasons listed (such as that it is easier to just walk away from things like dishes, laundry, and diapers) but the reasons are flimsy and quite honestly, annoying.

While I realize that the intention of the writer, Rick Dean, is to possibly offer comic relief to strained relationships I can easily see how the contents of this book could be offensive to some men who truly care about their relationships and try to be helpful to their spouse or significant other. It seems that Dean is trying to offer a legitimate reason for men to be lazy stating that they are just hardwired this way so we, as women, shouldn’t question it.

The primary problem with this book is that it’s a copout…an excuse…for the younger generation to grow up and be just like the one who wrote it. It’s telling all young boys to continue being lazy because it’s funny. Will some women laugh at this? Probably. But are they laughing because it’s funny or because they don’t know how else to handle the ridiculousness of the men who look at books like this as justification for their behavior?

I was really quite disappointed by this book (if you can’t tell!) and find it sad that so many people find his writing hilarious. There’s no humor in laziness. And no, I’m not a woman scorned who is bitter because of the treatment by a man like the ones described in Men Don’t Pee Straight. My husband has happily changed diapers, helps with dishes and laundry, and puts the toilet seat down when finished and he does it because that’s what being in a good relationship is all about.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Rick Dean. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received