Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide by Maureen Dowd Berkley Books, HK$117 'This will be known as the year macho politics failed - mainly because it was macho politics by marshmallow men,' wrote Maureen Dowd in her column for The New York Times on November 11 as results of the US mid- term elections came in. Women were 'sick of the phoney swaggering, blustering and bellicosity, absent competency and accountability' - 51 per cent of the voters were women, and 55 per cent of them voted Democrat. Roll on the matriarchy. At first measure, Are Men Necessary? is a disjointed collation of her columns and commentary liberally leavened with anecdote. It had a bag of bad reviews, mostly by women, mostly missing the point. This is not a well-argued feel-good polemic on feminism, but a shot at women who have bought the (male) argument that feminism cannot be feminine. Dowd recently said: 'The only mistake we made was aping men and trying to dress like them and work like them.' That was a setback, but it may soon be time to toast marshmallows on the bonfires of men's vanities.