The author is such a strong writer--accurately summarizing the concerns of men and women in the '80s, casually and confidently overviewing determining influences in sexual culture--that we become oblivious to the fact that he's couching an emotional argument in intellectual terms. Radical feminists have given "men no place in the feminist discourse except as objects of scrutiny and attack," he writes. What concerns him more fundamentally, however, is the stigma that feminists have placed on men who want to marry a woman whose career is at home. "The Failure of Feminism" is essentially an attempt to dignify gender differences.
Davidson gets off to a good start, convincingly criticizing feminists who insist that differences don't exist. Germaine Greer, for instance, said women would develop equally large muscles if they only exercised as much as men. Davidson offers a psychological theory for Greer's denial of physiological differences. She "externalized the loathing she felt for her family," he writes. "Her mother's inadequacies left her with an antipathy toward femininity and a deep fear of having children." Davidson also faults the aggressive stance of feminists such as Kate Millett, who "legitimates lesbianism" but "scorns" male homosexuality (In fact, Millett does not criticize homosexuality; rather, she speaks out against the violence she, erroneously, believes is inherent in it).