To deny the progress made by women in terms of success in the workplace is absolutely indisputable; however to go as far as saying this success means the “end of men” is simply preposterous. Perhaps the generalization of the typical man being the lumberjack, captain of the football team, powerful iron worker type is fading away, but that hardly means that men are moving aside to let women take away their success. In Hanna Rosin's article “The End of Men”, Rosin indicates that there is a certain masculinity-crisis. Rosin argues that women are now dominating men in schooling, the workplace and the home. The world is now more suited towards the characteristics of women and they are taking full advantage of it, she argues. Rosin notes that because of a declining number of jobs in industries such as construction, manufacturing and finance, women have an advantage over men because they have specialized in jobs such as “nursing, home health assistance, child care, food preparation”23. Rosin uses many stats and a few expert claims in order to persuade the idea that society is against men in general and is now more fitting to women. To say that Rosin does not make compelling arguments is simply not true, however it seems that she has made a crucial mistake in the sense that she has labelled men with a narrow image of what masculinity is and that all men fall into this category. Rosin seems to paint a picture that all men want to be thought of as brawny, tough, risk-takers and even stubborn. The way this article is structured gives an ill impression that this is the way men are and they are not willing to change or adapt. Rosin uses generalizations not only for men, but for women as well; her analysis of gender roles in history, economics, and education seems quite simply, narrow. Through her use of generalizations, she creates an distorted image of the American work place and its future based on misleading statistics. The foundation of Rosin's picture of a female dominated future workplace is based on how she views the past and the emergence of women.
Rosin writes that “man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind”8, which is not entirely true as many successful societies throughout history have been lead by women. To say that men have been “dominant” hardly seems to be the truth other than perhaps the days of cavemen clubbing their women and dragging them into caves. The notion of treating women well and respecting women is essential in most cultures such as Muslims, in such, women are seen as sacred. Rosin then goes on to note the advancements made in South Korea from the 1970's to modern times. According to her statistics, the preference for having a daughter has grown greatly since 1985 when half of the women in South Korea said that they “must have a son”8. She then continues to note that in 2003 the number who claimed to need to have a son had fallen to just over 15 percent. To start off, the rate of half who figured they must have son is not too great considering this means that the other half did not feel as though they had to have a son. What can also be derived from this statistic is that the wording makes a significant impact to the relevance. When these women say they felt the “need” to have a son, it is important to question whether this statistic includes women who did not feel quite as strongly and if the other half of those polled were women who felt a need to have a daughter or if that included the aforementioned women who did not feel quite as strongly but still wanted to have a son. More information could be used to paint a picture of how important this statistic is to the advancement of the desire for more women in society. Perhaps also relevant to this statistic is the South Koreans larger neighbour to the west in China. China is well know as a country that has advanced at a very fast rate in the 20th century and also well renowned as a culture that prefers the birth of men to...
Cited: -Rosin, Hanna. “The End of Men.”
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