So you say you’ve dated plenty of losers. You’ve done everything right, but these days, television is your Friday night date and Mom sets a place for you at the table on Saturdays.

Since the beginning of time, women have turned to their sisters and wailed, “There aren’t any good men out there!”

So what can you do to find love? Since you’ve tried everything else, why not ask a man? In the new book “Re-education of the Female” (c.2008, Strebor Books, $13.00 / $15.50 Canada, 176 pages) by Dante Moore, you might get the 4-1-1 on men from a brotha who’s not afraid to tell you.

You want to meet a man, right? Moore says that you’re not going to meet men by sitting home. Men won’t approach you if you’re out at the club and surrounded by your girls. Get up, move around, look your best and be willing to approach a man for intelligent conversation.

Be knowledgeable about what goes on between the sheets. That’s one of the three things men want, Moore says. The other two are food and relaxation. Understand that.

Stop being materialistic and don’t dismiss a man because of his job, his car, or because he’s easy to be nasty to; in fact, there’s no reason to be nasty at all because Mr. Right might be watching.

On the other hand, be selective about the men you date and remember that – ultimately – you are the one who controls the relationship.

And when it’s time to settle down, keep things interesting for him. If you aren’t sure what makes a man happy, go pay a prostitute for her advice.


Excuse me?

In his beginning words, author Dante Moore warns that things are going to be true and raw, and he asks that women read this book with an open mind.

I tried. I really did. He had a few worthwhile nuggets here, but when an author insults his reader in the very first sentence by calling her a word-that-rhymes-with-witch, my mind snaps shut.

Though he professes to “love women”, Moore doesn’t show it much. When he says an offhand remark is “…just cause for an instant… whipping”, that doesn’t sound like love to me. Neither does this: “If he doesn’t release… tension somewhere, your face will be the punching bag. Now do you see the importance of sports… and hanging out with his boys?”

When he asks “What the… is wrong with you? Are you stupid or just ignorant?”, my mind locks up.

And when Moore basically says that women should stop looking for any relationship after age 30 because they’re old and nobody would want them, the key to that lock is thrown away.

I had hoped “The Re-Education of the Female” was a jokey-type book; in fact, I’m still not convinced it isn’t. For real, though, it’s sadly degrading and unempowering, particularly because there will be readers who will take it seriously. If you’re a woman who’s looking for love, pass it by. The only education you’ll get here is to avoid books like this one.