Is Oprah Winfrey A 'Female Chauvinist'?

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New Book Examines Winfrey's Importance, Influence and One Small Imperfection

Make no mistake Warren Cassell has come to praise Oprah. Unlike other notorious "tell-alls" that imply much but say nothing, Cassell's new book, "O'HABITS: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey and the One Bad Habit She Needs to Stop!" (Morgan James Publishing, May 2010), studies the power and persona of the world's most well-known talk show host in primarily positive terms.

Oprah Winfrey has become an integral part of the lives of millions of television viewers around the globe, providing a panoramic worldview to the masses - from diet crazes to international tragedies, couch-jumping actors to world leaders - Oprah has informed, entertained, and influenced. Covering an enormous range of topics: adultery to Apartheid; gay rights, civil rights, women's rights, and animal rights; politics and prose; celebrity and controversy, she has set the bar high.

As Cassell sees it, Winfrey's is no ordinary rags to riches success story. While she has made her meteoric rise to the top look effortless, it is in fact a testament to her endurance, tenacity and indomitable spirit. She is renowned as one of the most influential people of the millennium, and her influence has impacted not only pop culture and politics, but worldwide public opinion. Cassell says, "Oprah's influence is mammoth and mobilizing. If she thinks it, people believe it; if she says it, people repeat it; and if she does it, it sets the trend that others follow."

O'Habits examines the character traits that have become part of Oprah's signature trademark, and have led Oprah to personal and professional success. The author combines homage and how-to, offering readers insight into how to interpret and incorporate the secrets of Oprah's success into their daily lives. From perseverance to integrity, loyalty to spirituality, the book outlines how adopting these characteristics, and learning to overcome adversity, can make a positive impact in our world.

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Oprah! While that statement is made tongue-in-cheek, Oprah Winfrey has had an indisputable impact on public opinion for over two decades. She continues to define and expand her legacy -- one that has motivated a race, empowered a gender, and inspired humanity to make the world a better place one act of kindness at a time. When her 20+ year reign on network television ends next September, Winfrey will launch OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network. As O'Habits notes, one of her secrets for success - and one that sets a major example for others to follow - is that despite fame and fortune Oprah remains "real". Women identify with her because she has never lost that "average girl" perspective that allows her to connect with people so strongly.

But nobody - not even Oprah - is perfect, and O'Habits also uncovers an Oprah bad habit too. While she has proven to be an excellent mentor among her own gender, many men find Oprah….well…just plain intimidating. Says Cassell, who is an admitted Winfrey devotee, "I was and continue to be inspired by Oprah, but I would love to see her reach out more to the male audience." "Men can learn a lot from Oprah, not just about how to better run their businesses, but also how to run their lives and become better husbands, fathers, and global citizens." A successful talk show host himself, Cassell is not shy about offering up suggestions on how Oprah can improve her communication with men. These include dedicating an issue of her highly successful magazine O to men and their feelings and concerns; devoting episodes of her final season to include male-oriented topics such as "Husbands of the Year", "How to Choose a Wife", and "Raising Boys to become Men"; and soliciting the support of high-profile celebrities, sports figures and newsmakers to establish a learning academy for boys similar to the all-girls school she has started in Africa.

"After all" says Cassell with humor, "if Oprah can work to bring an end to the "battle of the sexes" can world peace be far behind?"

For more information on O'Habits visit http://www.ohabits.com or become a Facebook Fan at http://tinyurl.com/28jd4x2

About the author
Warren M. Cassell is an attorney specializing in Intellectual Property law, Media law, Entertainment law, and Sports law. He is the founder of "Cassell & Lewis", the Eastern Caribbean's only full-serviced intellectual property law firm. He has represented clients in a number of landmark cases involving matters of copyright, internet law, trade secrets & law of confidence, trademarks, as well as maintaining a thriving trial law practice.

He is the President and Chairman of Immaculate Productions Inc. and host of The Warren Cassell Show, a television variety talk-show focusing on issues affecting the English speaking Caribbean that is seen in 26 countries. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Laws Degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. Warren resides on the island of Montserrat with his wife Cleo and their three children.

About the book
"O'HABITS: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey and the One Bad Habit She Needs to Stop!"
By Warren M. Cassell
Morgan James Publishing, May 2010
184 pages, trade paperback
Price: $17.95
ISBN-10: 1600377416, ISBN-13: 978-1600377419

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