Women are better adjusted to the post-industrial world, outperforming men at school, work and home. That’s the argument in Hanna Rosin’s controversial book, “The End of Men”. Rosin cites a higher ratio of women obtaining university degrees, higher projected job growth for women-dominated sectors, and an increasing gender preference for girls to support her claim. Her critics counter that women are still battling for basic equality in a male-dominated world. Is it time to move beyond the battle of the sexes or has the war just begun?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Hanna Rosin @HannaRosin
Author, "The End of Men" hannarosin.com
Stephanie Coontz @StephanieCoontz
Writer and author, "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s" stephaniecoontz.com
To be fair, I haven't read Hanna Rosin's book, but based on this discussion, her book seems like a manifesto of privilege, that ignores the circumstances, experiences and struggles of millions of women. The generalisations, assumptions and silences from these privileged American women are quite alarming. The panelists speak as if 'men' and 'women' are a singularly homogenous group, there is no mention of class or ethnicity! The 'us' and 'we' so conveniently ignores 'the other'. Does Rosin think it is the 'end of men' in Afghanistan or for those confronted with the Taliban? It took almost 9 minutes until someone tweeted a comment about power and the pursuit of an egalitarian society. And it was up to a woman from the UK to point this out to Rosin, who then continues on with her naive narrative of privilege. (Comment by C.Sullivan)