The End of Men

The Atlantic has an article out on the decline of men in society. The premise is that, in the new economy, traditionally male traits like competitiveness, linear thinking, and being violent brutes are no longer coveted or profitable. Traditional female traits like getting along with others, sitting still and paying attention, and being pretty make women the bestest.

I mean, they use fancier language than that, but I think I captured the gist of it. From the article:

Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women?

As I’ve said before, I am deeply concerned by how society treats young boys. I am concerned that the values and logistics of social learning environments make young boys into early failures, and young girls in early successes. Time after time we see how critical the first few years of education are in determining how children think about themselves and their ability to achieve academically. Students who see themselves as failures in 1st grade may occasionally learn to shine later on, but it is the exception rather than the rule.

Now, according to The Atlantic, the idea that boys are only good boys if they act like girls has percolated up through the educational system into the larger society. The old stereotype that women had to act like men to succeed in business has been turned upside down.

6 thoughts on “The End of Men

  1. Carolyn

    I can appreciate that we are talking about the average boy and the average girl – with clear exceptions in each group. I for one, don’t have feelings – only observations – and I enjoy a rowdy brawl now and then.

    While it is true that there are more women earning degrees – women still make 25% less than men in the workplace. Analysis of census data from the 2003 indicates that the pay gap is actually widening. This is not exactly what you’d expect to see in this new era of female domination. – interested to see what the newest census data will reveal about wages.

    Favorite quote from the article: “Men are the new ball and chain.” That’s totally how I feel…. does Rosy read this?

    I agree with your concern on how society treats boys. The statement from The Atlantic that boys are only good boys if they act like girls rings true – I saw it first hand as a teacher. I think boys should act like boys and girls should act more like boys too. In my classroom (9th grade Algebra) girls lacked confidence and self-reliance – always second guessing themselves.

  2. harmonicminer

    What a bunch of wimps. If 7 yr old boys were REAL men they couldn’t be beaten down by mean women twice their size. Or even three times. Or four.

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