Since the start of the current women’s movement in the 1960s, women have been rebelling against their sex roles. To this, Barbara Ehrenreich adds a challenging new theory. Men’s resistance began 10 years earlier, she argues, and the male flight from commitment has changed not only our social expectations of men, but economic prospects for women. Writing with conviction and humour, Barbara Ehrenreich traces men’s rejection of the ‘breadwinner ethic’. She contends that it was this defiance of ‘responsibility’ rather than feminism, which sparked off an anti-feminist backlash. The Hearts of Men ends with a plea for men and women to make a common commitment to mutual respect.