Women clearly have the edge, argues media mogul and ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams in his recent book "Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else."
“I was stunned at the number of underreported studies and the amount of research that was out there showing that women are beating men in a whole host of areas, from the totally light to the incredibly serious. And I was shocked that no one had put it together into a book,” Abrams tells HuffPost. “And so I took a lawyer’s approach and I wrote it effectively as a legal case.”
Explaining the tome’s playful title, Abrams noted, “I was initially going to call the book "The Case for Women.: But my concern was that women would say, ‘Thank you, Dan Abrams, but we don’t need you to make the case for women.’ And so I changed it to make it more lighthearted and fun.”
We asked Abrams, who founded and oversees an umbrella of websites that includes Mediaite, Styleite and Geekosystem, to share his personal history of media consumption.
What’s on your summer reading list?
A World on Fire, by Amanda Foreman, which talks about the British role in the Civil War.
What was your first cultural experience?
My mother took us to museums when I was a kid, so I was exposed to New York museums very early. We’d go to the Met a lot, and the Jewish museum and the Guggenheim.
What was your first record purchase?
I don’t recall for certain but I had an enormous number of Kiss records. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the Kiss Alive albums was one of my first purchases.
What was the last song you downloaded?
I just downloaded a Jack Johnson album.
What’s the first thing you read in the morning?
Mediaite. I have a feed of news sources, mostly online -- meaning entities that began online. My feed tends to be a mix of everything from The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. And honestly, I spend a lot of time reading through my own sites.
If you had to be stranded with one DVD, what would it be?
“Total Recall” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I have no idea why I like this movie so much but I think I watched the movie six or seven times and still enjoy watching it.
What’s the first R-rated movie you ever saw?
“Saturday Night Fever.”
As a child what film had an impact on you?
“Dead Poets Society” really moved me as a young person in a way that almost no other movie had.
What TV reruns consistently draw you in?
“Seinfeld,” and occasionally I’ll stay on a “Happy Days” episode just to remember my youth.
What’s your opinion of reality TV?
I think that there are some really good reality shows -- “The Amazing Race” is a cool, interesting show -- and there are some really uninteresting reality shows. I like the reality shows that feel real. So if I feel that it’s a real competition or a real race, I like it. If I feel like it’s staged then I don’t like the shows.
What cancelled TV show would you like to revive?
“Friday Night Lights”
What’s your cultural guilty pleasure?
HBO and Showtime on Sundays. I’m a huge fan of “Dexter.”
What was your worst cultural experience?
Getting falsely detained at Great Adventure. When I was a kid I was there with a friend of mine and we had won one of the biggest prizes you can win. And I guess someone else had stolen one of them. So as we were walking out we were surrounded by the Great Adventure police department, detained and questioned, and eventually released.
Is there an actor you’ve been compared to?
Aidan Quinn. I sat next to him at a movie recently and told him, and informed him that throughout my younger years I was often told that and I took it as a very nice compliment because he was a far better-looking version.
On a scale of 1 to 10, highbrow to lowbrow, how would your rate your tastes?
Probably 5. I like to think that I can deal with the most highbrow topics but appreciate pretty lowbrow as well.