By Any Other Name
By William E. Rand
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica (October 2, 2012)
Reviewed by V. Caine
“Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte, France (1769-1821)
William E. Rand, also noted for his work in the horror genre, has here created an interesting and thought provoking work which hides a number of ideas behind its surface. On first sight, By Any Other Name could be interpreted as erotica – but there are lot of much deeper thoughts and perspectives at work here, and the erotic theme is just part of the technique which the author has used to present them.
By Any Other Name should be treated as being representational of the struggle for a fair representation of sexual equality and recognition of sexual diversity, rather than the continued oppression of humanity by pushing both men and women towards faceless, androgynous roles. Some of us want our sexuality back, and today’s least sexually free member of society – the heterosexual male proclaims their rights though By Any Other Name. This book is loudly and proudly heterosexual and likes feminine women – something which is becoming increasingly perceived as abnormal due to feminisms push towards a desirable (and ironically) ‘masculinized’ image of women.
By Any Other Name is not a novel of sexual exploitation, but rather of men’s love and admiration for what they have lost in the modern world – women who are feminine and do not view males as opponents, rapists or credit cards but rather as partners and sources of erotic pleasure.
The book tells us the story of the increasingly marginalization of the masculine element from modern society, and the current oppressive climate of political correctness and religion in the United States – all told through the eyes of the two main protagonists, Dave and Marisol.
By weaving Mens Rights issues into the erotic context, By Any Other Name interestingly applies sex as the means by which to question the current ambiguous definitions of sexuality, and takes the reader right back to basics to point out to the reader the error of their ways.