The End Of Men
The role of women in society has become significant and has started getting recognition. Women are becoming the dominant sex for the first time. Since times immemorial women have been oppressed by the patriarchal machinery, but many years of movements for equal rights for both sexes seems to finally have paid off. So much that the problem seems to have tilted in the other direction. Women’s position has changed a lot since the old patriarchal times and the rise of women is the main point in Hanna Rosin’s article “The End of Men” from the July/August 2010 issue of the American magazine “The Atlantic”. Rosin argues that the “role reversal” is happening because men are less biologically suited to postindustrial society. Men have become secondary and women are not only on the ascendant but are now in control. The reasons, as Robin correctly point out is that there has been a shift in work forces – moving from an industrial to postindustrial society which have benefitted the female sex. Rosin says: “Men has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But for the first time en human history, that is changing-and with shocking speed. Cultural and economic changes always reinforce each other. And the global economy is evolving in a way that is eroding the historical preference for male children, worldwide”.
The male sex suffers at the moment – men have it hard these days. The recession took their jobs and they are not attending or graduating from college very much which is another important point in Rosin’s argumentation. “For every two men who get a college degree, three women will do the same.” No one can argue with this. Boys are clearly falling behind girls in both educational achievement and aspiration. Rosin does not, however, at any time suggest that this is because men lack in intelligence compared to women – although she does say that women are slightly better in some skills. The long-term consequences of this shift are huge and...
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