New book Turns Spotlight on Why Cultural Turmoil Crippling America

Author Boye Lafayette De Mente attributes the cultural failures now crippling the United States to the influence of male dominance and irrational religious dogma.

In a new book, HOW & WHY MALE DOMINANCE PLAGUES HUMANITY! – The Ultimate Challenge for Females!, De Mente, internationally known for his pioneer books on the cultures and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico, says that the negative elements in all of the areas of civilization—from economics and politics to social behavior—can be traced to male dominance, the male lust for power, and irrational religious ideology.

“Males,” he says, “are genetically programmed to exercise as much control as possible over every aspect of their lives, and to use psychological intimidation and physical force to get what they want. This mindset results in males believing they are naturally superior to females and to think and behave in terms of tribal and territorial exclusivity.

De Mente goes on to say: “Adding to this built-in character, male leaders in all societies from day one created spirit or god-based religions to help them control females and deal with the built-in traits of males. Some of these gods were benign and nurturing while others were strict authoritarians who were jealous, vindictive and destructive—all human attributes.”

De Mente says that instead of curbing the destructive and violent instincts of males these man-made religions institutionalized and ritualized both ignorance and willful stupidity, resulting in the failure of mankind to create and sustain positive, humanistic, nurturing cultures.

 ‘Now, instead of a religious-based morality that originally had good intentions we have a money-based morality that brings out the worse in people,” he said.

De Mente describes the book as “a rant, a screed, designed to expose all of the elements of American culture—education, entertainment, manufacturing, marketing, the news media, politics and religions, all of which are now based on the new money morality.”

In addition to identifying and describing the elements of the culture that have failed, De Mente proposes a variety of fixes that could, he says, help the country restore some of the American dream. The book is available in both printed and digital editions from


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  1. For a list and synopses of my books on the business practices, languages and mindset of the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Mexicans go to:

  2. I see you have written a couple of books on Male dominace recently. I wonder if you think that Japan is male dominated too. I need to purchase some of your more recent books:-)

    • Timothy…
      Until the American-led Reformation following WWII Japan was one of the most male dominant societies on the planet…and still ranks high on the list. Because of the massive loss of male lives during WWII Japanese women became the breadwinners in many families, with young girls taking the lead in many areas. But really significant changes in the male mindset of Japan did not begin until competition from South Korea, Taiwan and then China put the brakes on Japan’s economic juggernaut in the 1990s, resulting in females gradually becoming more than jimusho no hana in a growing number of companies….a slow move also enhanced by foreign companies in Japan that had a growing number of women in the management ranks….. Now there are numerous forces working against gender discrimination in the workplace…. I recommend my latest book: JAPAN: Understanding & Dealing With the New Japanese Way of Doing Business….

  3. Greetings. Have loved your books over the years. I have a question that you might be able to answer. I hope you don’t mind my asking it on this forum – I couldn’t find a contact email for you. i am reading your 2004 book on cultual code words and am trying to find an important cultural code word that my Japanese friend once quoted to me. He was in need of a favor, or at least just indulgence. And he said, I know you are my friend, so I can PRESUME your willingness to help me. Now perhaps there was just the ON and GIRI thing going on, but it seems to me that he mentioned another word that located this kind of pleasurable presumption that comes with friendship or close relationship. Most appreciate any help you can give me.
    Best wishes

    • Mr. B….
      Have sent you an email re. your query….. In short, I believe the word you are searching for is amae [ah-my], which can be translated as “indulgent love,” and in practice means taking advantage of a relationship, goodwill, etc. of others. Traditionally, when the Japanese could not amaeru with someone they couldn’t and didn’t trust them….

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