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When we heard that Dan Abrams -- chief legal analyst for ABC News and Good Morning America; media mogul; dreamy, blue-eyed, unmarried man -- was writing a book about why women are better than men, we had to wonder why. Surely he couldn’t be that desperate for a date?
Turns out, Abrams is just presenting the facts. Using studies as evidence, Abrams -- first and foremost a lawyer -- makes the case that women are better than men in a variety of ways, as his title, Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else, implies.
Read on to find out how women have received the book, his thoughts on Sarah Palin, plus whether or not this dreamy, blue-eyed man has a girlfriend.
What has the female reaction to the book been like?
When I was shopping this book around, a lot of the people I was shopping it to were women and some of them felt, “Well, we know this. This isn't that interesting to me.” And I've definitely had that reaction from some women. But when they actually look at the book and they see the ammo in there and the research and studies -- I mean if it were me saying, “I think women are better doctors and here's what my friend Amy told me and friend John told me,” then I think the question would be why do I need you to offer this to me? But instead, by saying "Here is a 10-year study done in England about every single complaint about a doctor or dentist made," I think it will lead some people who never thought about this issue to think about it.
Does the fact that you’re a man help or hurt your cause?
I do think it adds a level of credibility coming from a man. It's like anything when someone has a quote-unquote vested interest in it: If it had been a woman [who wrote it], people would say, “Oh it's a woman, of course.” If it's a single man, “Oh, he's doing it to meet women.” The reality is that that is just an effort to detract from the findings. The people who are questioning -- in addition to the fact that I have a girlfriend -- the people who are questioning my motivation for writing this book I don't think have read it, because there's not a lot to question in the book.
New studies come out all the time. Would you consider doing a follow-up?
Depending on how things go, I could certainly do a second round on this book. One of the most fascinating studies to me since the book came out was how much more effective politicians women are than men. Ohio State professors studied all the bills that had been passed in Congress from 1981 to 2009 and they consistently found that female legislators were able to get more money for their constituencies, they passed more bills, and bills were more popular. That's pretty amazing.