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With candid honesty Oliver Markus explores the age-old question: "Can men and women ever really be just friends?" Women think so. But every man knows that it's impossible. Read this book and find out what really goes on in a man's mind. You will never look at opposite-sex friendships the same way again.


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With candid honesty Oliver Markus explores the age-old question: "Can men and women ever really be just friends?" Women think so. But every man knows that it's impossible. Read this book and find out what really goes on in a man's mind. You will never look at opposite-sex friendships the same way again.

30 review for Why Men And Women Can't Be Friends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aakanksha

    Why Men and Women can't be Friends: Honest relationship advice for Women by Oliver Markus Malloy is all about how men play a game to woo women. If you actually love your current partner, and you want to build a future together, then opposite-sex friendships are toxic. That is why long-lasting couples broke up with each other; because every affair first starts out as a casual opposite-sex friendship. Well, the content is blunt, but it also tells about some old age traditions regarding marriage and Why Men and Women can't be Friends: Honest relationship advice for Women by Oliver Markus Malloy is all about how men play a game to woo women. If you actually love your current partner, and you want to build a future together, then opposite-sex friendships are toxic. That is why long-lasting couples broke up with each other; because every affair first starts out as a casual opposite-sex friendship. Well, the content is blunt, but it also tells about some old age traditions regarding marriage and relationship. The author also states some study and facts which indicate that one in five women in America has been raped by their partner or acquaintance. This book is a guide for women who think that men and women can be friends. The author tells that what is going on a man's mind when a women talks to him. "Desire in men is a hunger, in women only an appetite." "If it wasn't for sex, men would avoid women like plague." "If it wasn't for sex, men wouldn't even talk to women. " This book is full of this type of sentences. I basically can't deny with all of them because at some point we all know that our biological need forces us to do stuff, but it doesn't justify the heinous crime like rapes and molestation. The narration was unsettled. The cover of the book is chucklesome. I do not recommend this book, but if you want to read some humor and eye-opening facts about men then go for it. Read more - Blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    paula b

    Great read I've been around awhile, being a 60 yr old grandmother... The book was very blunt , very interesting, honest and a little comical. I have to say I agree that men think and feel that way. I don't have a problem with it. It is what it is. They just have to control it, be civilized. This would be an eye opening read for a inexperienced naive young lady...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The cover is vile, the author is despicable. And although I agree with the title premise this book is an absolute literary waste.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    The title of this book alone made my eyes roll—which is the reason I decided to read it. Because it can't be as sexist, and misogynistic, right? Right?? --- Cats = women, and dogs = men. I'm a cat (woman). I don't know what it's like to be a dog (man). Except...I do. I have dissociative identity disorder. An alter is male. I understand a bit more about men than the average non-Multiple woman should, probably. Mallow goes from generalizing all men to explaining how even women—who cannot understand m The title of this book alone made my eyes roll—which is the reason I decided to read it. Because it can't be as sexist, and misogynistic, right? Right?? --- Cats = women, and dogs = men. I'm a cat (woman). I don't know what it's like to be a dog (man). Except...I do. I have dissociative identity disorder. An alter is male. I understand a bit more about men than the average non-Multiple woman should, probably. Mallow goes from generalizing all men to explaining how even women—who cannot understand men because women = cats and dogs = men, and cats don't know what it's like to be a dog because they're cats. He essentially saying it's the fault of women who have "big tits" for attracting men—and that women's sole goal in life, when they work to look nice, is for men. Because how dare a woman think she's looking good for herself? "When you show off your curves, what you're really doing is advertising to the whole world: 'Look at me! I'm a healthy female! I'd be a perfect mate! Come mount me!'" Then, after several pages of criticizing Christians and manipulating scripture to justify his arguments for men not seeing women equally, he explains that the Bible condones (and that God "supposedly" said) rape is okay—all by means of copy-pasting into the book opinion pieces from websites like BuzzFeed and Time. No authors are named, so I know not who wrote any of the articles. Then comes this childish "(POOF!)" after these copy-pasta passages from opinion columns. I've used opinion columns for journalistic approaches to topics—but I make a point to include links and/or properly cite my sources, and to include experts. Because that's what journalists are supposed to do. All journalists are biased—there's no lacking it, despite how we lie to ourselves—but including experts and properly explaining their expertise is what best proves the point. There is none of that in this. He names two powerful men as examples of what men would do to women if they could still do whatever they wanted, and includes the #metoo hashtag as a know-what-I-mean after. The approach to, and text within, this book—regardless of what other men have reviewed about it—is misogynistic. Sexual objectification is a way of seeing another as a mere object of sexual desire instead of human, and misogyny includes "ingrained prejudice against women". Prejudice includes bias, among other sub-definitions, but explaining them all would take more energy and time than I have the energy and time for—and I shouldn't have to. Women shouldn't have to justify their humanity and insist to men their being more than sexual objects to fulfill the needs of men. The major difference I have noticed between elder generations, and the generations of Millennials and beyond is that Millennials are working to raise their children better—especially their boys—because they realize it's not just men to blame, but the societal standard for how men are expected to act. However, for any person to know they have these issues—objectifying women, objectifying anyone—and to not work to overcome them so they can see all humans as people? It's ridiculous. The blatant ignorance and deliberate prejudice is the problem—not the preordained male's biological-thus-internalized need to mate with whatever woman—sorry: sexual object—they see. Because there are good guys. The men who think these non-misogynistic men are nonexistent need to pop their bubbles and work to meet those good guys—or work on themselves and—oh, I don't know—be the change women (and society) needs. Rated 2/5, because it's edited well and Malloy obviously tried. The book was free on Amazon, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenika Ioffreda

    Just one comment: WTF? Well written but the contents were ghastly. Luckily it was a free download from Amazon and I didn't pay for it…

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Liichow

    If you are easily offended by adult language, do NOT read this book! While this book might be offensive to the majority of people, it lays out some undeniable truths about relationships between men and women and the differences in how they think. Using examples from various eras and locations throughout history, as well as a lot of colorful language that many will not like, the author supports his arguments in no nonsense fashion. "Why Men & Women Can't Be Friends" is not for everyone, but I rea If you are easily offended by adult language, do NOT read this book! While this book might be offensive to the majority of people, it lays out some undeniable truths about relationships between men and women and the differences in how they think. Using examples from various eras and locations throughout history, as well as a lot of colorful language that many will not like, the author supports his arguments in no nonsense fashion. "Why Men & Women Can't Be Friends" is not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. Although I don't agree the entire issue is completely black and white, he makes some excellent points. But it may also contain some information you'd rather deny or not know at all. Read with caution, an open mind and a glass of wine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Payal Banik

    This book tells us that men and women cannot remain friends. If a guy is my friend then they have a ulterior motive which obviously is sex. I don't know whether to agree with the author or to disagree. But I've experienced it myself so I agree that men and women cannot stay friends. I really respect someone who had stayed friends for a lifetime. It's wonderful. I wouldn't have agreed to this one year earlier but now I totally believe that men and women cannot just be 'friends'.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol Edwards

    While some of this was already pretty evident, there was some information that was a bit surprising. This book had me laughing so many times that I read it twice and told every female friend I know that this was a must read. Oliver provides some fabulous eye rolling, rib aching laughter moments that will have most readers going back for at least one second-go-round and looking for more of Oliver's stuff. Great job!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Swenson

    Nothing earth shattering but so true. I was in denial of what this book says for years. Finally I get it. I don't want it to be so, but it is and denial did not serve me. Saw the book, downloaded and read it in one sitting..... unusual for me. Good information and an easy read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joe Tyburn

    A funny book that also makes you think. Great read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shabana Mukhtar

    What was I thinking? This books keeps appearing in my feed, just like 'The subtle art of' you know what. The cover is, well, it is what it is. I started reading it on the bus as I left work. The first pages sounded funny, and had some very valid points. But then it got repetitive and blah. Not my cuppa .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ludditus

    Both grotesquely funny and grotesquely serious, no matter how much the politically correct readers would scream it's "something that condones rape" and some such shit. No, it's not "a misogynistic crap" made to tell women that rape, kidnapping, and violence to women are "normal" and the laws only try to suppress such natural urges. On the other hand, the reality hurts, and what could hurt even more is that "In the bible, rape was not only common practice, it was the right thing to do!" (Take a lo Both grotesquely funny and grotesquely serious, no matter how much the politically correct readers would scream it's "something that condones rape" and some such shit. No, it's not "a misogynistic crap" made to tell women that rape, kidnapping, and violence to women are "normal" and the laws only try to suppress such natural urges. On the other hand, the reality hurts, and what could hurt even more is that "In the bible, rape was not only common practice, it was the right thing to do!" (Take a look at Numbers 31:15-18; Deuteronomy 21:10-14; Judges 19:22-26.) It's also the place to read about the “Rape of Nanking,” but also to find that “Rape in war is as old as war itself. After the sack of Rome 16 centuries ago Saint Augustine called rape in wartime an “ancient and customary evil”. For soldiers, it has long been considered one of the spoils of war.” The major flaw of this long essay is that the quotes are not giving the original author's name and article title, but only the website, e.g. BuzzFeed.com, Vice.com, Newsweek, The Economist, Antiwar.com. Here's a nice piece of information: “Until the 18th century, it was common practice for grooms to abduct brides before the wedding. Bride kidnapping has been a thing since the founding of Rome, when Romulus threw a giant party, invited the people of Sabine to a party, and then stole all their women. English brides could expect to be kidnapped until the Marriage Act was passed in 1753, and mock-kidnappings are still a wedding tradition in parts of Eastern Europe. Sadly, the real thing is still practiced all over the world.” (BuzzFeed.com) Then, “In Kyrgyzstan, as many as 40% of ethnic Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands, according to a local NGO. Two-thirds of these bride kidnappings are non-consensual... Typically, a would-be groom gathers a group of young men, and together they drive around looking for a woman he wants to marry. The unsuspecting woman is often literally dragged off the street, bundled into the car and taken straight to the man's house - where frequently the family will have already started making preparations for the wedding.” (Newsweek) Not to mention that, before the rape within a marriage was recognized by the law in some of the most developed countries, Bertrand Russell was right to write, “Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.” Not being more than it is, this book states that for males, the meaning of life is mating, the purpose is getting laid. As for romance... “There is no man more attentive as the guy who wants to fuck you for the first time. ... Men are not into romance. We only pretend to be into romance for the benefit of women. Romance is something we men do to woo women. Romance is hard work for us. To a man, reading about romance is not only totally unrealistic, but also boring. It's like reading about work. How thrilling would a book about ironing be to you? Now imagine if the heroine in the book was much better at ironing than you, and reading about her perfect ironing skills made you feel pretty inadequate by comparison. ... More than 90% of romance readers are women. It's a book genre entirely geared towards women, the same way Valentine's Day flowers are geared towards women. We men have as much interest in reading about romance as we have in receiving flowers. Close to zero.” If you're a "true feminist," then go fuck yourself.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamal Sahraoui

    I find what Oliver says compatible to my observations. Amazing short book with obsene and concise language. And if you ask why Oliver has written this book, you ought to read it until the end because he is saying that look if you want to protect your relationship with your lover, hunsband or wife, don't let your primitive urge to take over, don't make believe that opposite sex friendships are innocent.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    "Facts" are unsupported. Very unscientific; correlation is not causation. Stopped reading halfway through because of the unbelievable assumptions about women. I'd give it no stars of I could.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lemicka Williams

    Comical and Interesting Markus gave a stunning portrayal of how different men and woman are in evolving from their primitive state. Bra - Vo

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This book, was written to piss you off. Seriously. Women, I understand why you're irate but I think this book was written to stand clearly on one side just to say, "hey I have an opinion on this, although I do not have any scholarly articles and create a bias by not involving the woman's standpoint." It does however state that the male is technically "primitive" compared to the female and will not understand friendship because of the natural "drive" of men. The whole point of this book is to get This book, was written to piss you off. Seriously. Women, I understand why you're irate but I think this book was written to stand clearly on one side just to say, "hey I have an opinion on this, although I do not have any scholarly articles and create a bias by not involving the woman's standpoint." It does however state that the male is technically "primitive" compared to the female and will not understand friendship because of the natural "drive" of men. The whole point of this book is to get people to talk. It brings up decent points, but with no backing. Making this book poor. From reading this largely opinion based novel, I would like to disagree with it. I know people who have maintained friendships of the opposite sex because they have similar interests. It's not as black and white as this book makes it out to believe and I think that it is possible and I do have hope for our generation of people to intelligently process this. We are sentient beings that have ruled out rape and are moving forward in intelligent ways such as equal rights for women. Our writer states that divorce rates sky rocketed when women hit the work force. He does not understand simple correlation DOES NOT EQUAL causation. This guy is an idiot and has a $0.00 kindle book online. Congratulations buddy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)

    ★Downloaded on Amazon for free★ Many people would find this book offensive. Some of the information is a bit harsh, but you call it the truth. Truth can hurt. The author picks on a point that I think is a perfect one, and he goes into the utmost of detail to show us why men and women can't be friends. I truly enjoyed it, because I'm on the side of they can't be friends. I just don't see how that equation doesn't end up in a romantic relationship? There are statistics in the book, some people might ★Downloaded on Amazon for free★ Many people would find this book offensive. Some of the information is a bit harsh, but you call it the truth. Truth can hurt. The author picks on a point that I think is a perfect one, and he goes into the utmost of detail to show us why men and women can't be friends. I truly enjoyed it, because I'm on the side of they can't be friends. I just don't see how that equation doesn't end up in a romantic relationship? There are statistics in the book, some people might find it boring, but just take a minute to read it so that you have the insight and see why men and women can't be friends. If you have male friends, and strongly believe that you won't end up in a romantic relationship with them, you might find this book offensive. The same goes for men with their female friends. I enjoyed this book, and learned a lot. Got a new insight into the whole "just friends" thing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    We are still animals so keep it in your pants This author talks about how evolutionary we are just like animals and can't control our animal desires to mate. This mating is said to be a desire of men to procreate with many women instead of being monogamous. Sharing information about why men are the way they are and how they can't stop thinking about sex leads to many questions of how affairs, cheating and divorce will happen if men can't keep themselves in check.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarajean Bien

    Very informative I found this very comforting, as I went through this with my husband recently. All of a sudden this girl from the gas station and him became close friends and were texting daily. It seemed odd to me and I put a stop to that Shit before it was too late. I knew exactly where this friendship was going and saved our marriage.

  20. 4 out of 5

    stacey

    Truth! No sugar coating in this one! Loved the honesty, and the word usage. Had me hooked from beginning to end. If all men and women were required to read this book, the world would be a much better place!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shwetha

    Wow !! Thats a whole new perspective towards men. Interesting Facts and experimental results leading to a new perspective on the Men species.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greta Dilyte

    Short and sweet Thank you for some helpful is sights. Was a happy reading with lots of humor. I enjoyed reading this book of true.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rahul

    Very nice, it was bit slow or may be boaring in the middle Very nice, it was bit slow or may be boaring in the middle. Overall it was nice and humorous. Enjoyed

  24. 5 out of 5

    prag ♻

    i'm crying i was searching for wild beauty in my kindle library and amazon recommended this to me what the actual fuck

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sudhakar Kasturi

    Candid and bold Practical, brutally honest, mincing no words Oliver has boldly out his views forward. A guide to those who contempt an extra marital affair

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mila Rossi

    It was an entertaining and enlightening read that I got through in an hour. I gotta say, the facts about rape were disturbing and I skimmed those sections. Guess I wasn't expecting that. Other than that, it was good to get a guy's perspective on something that I've been suspecting all along.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    Interesting but perhaps too forthright to the extent that it may seem offensive to some people (and by 'some people' I mean 'most of the people who believe humans are monogamous in nature').

  28. 5 out of 5

    carla humphrey

    Loved this book Very interesting book. To bad I can't get my husband to read it. He thinks it's ok to have female friends and I do not.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Glen

    Totally right! As I got into this book it became very refreshing to read honesty about men And women and sex. It was a quick read f poo r sure but, nevertheless interesting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Samyak Nanda

    Brutal but honest truth. This book gives the very true picture what men and women really wants. Worth reading.

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