The End of Men
Hanna Rosin
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The End of Men

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A landmark portrait of women, men, andpower in a transformed world.
Men have been the dominant sex since, well, thedawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the first tonotice that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, nolonger true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gainingon men: They have pulled decisively ahead. And“the end of men”...more
Published September 11th 2012 by Brilliance Audio
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This is my first goodreads review. I'm writing it because I'm on page 89 and I've almost thrown this book across the room 91 times. I can't wait three more weeks until book club to express my disdain. Hanna Rosin is not a sociologist, she's not an economist, and she doesn't have anything interesting to say. One particularly egregious paragraph in the introduction begins, "Yes, the United States and many other countries still have a gender wage gap. Yes, women still do most of the child care. And...more
As many other comments have already noted, this book is short-sighted. The first problem is that Rosin is really relying on antiquated gender binaries to define the roles of heterosexual men and heterosexual women. She ignores the contributions of the LGBTQ community as though they haven't factored into the revolutionary re-positioning of humans in our society and culture. Second, her tone is so dismissive of men and so cavalier concerning their roles as husbands and fathers, that is seems that...more
This is a curious, curious book. It is certainly well written and researched but the argument is extremely unconvincing because it is so very selective. More than once, Rosin claims, for example, that sexual assault rates are lower than ever. She also says this angers feminists as if feminists want women to be raped at high rates. Rosin doesn't acknowledge how under reported rape is, nor does she begin to broach the topic of sexual harassment and street harassment women face. Not a day goes by w...more
Kate O'Hanlon
The is a frustrating book. Rosin is a journalist, not a social scientist, and the shifting gender roles she's elucidating really deserve a more rigorous analysis. (The plural of anecdote is not data, but we know that already.)

It's an easy read (and it's fun getting dirty looks on the train from people who see the cover) and it is interesting. It's just not all that persuasive in the end, perhaps because it's not really clear what Rosin is trying to convince me of. Is the rise of women economical...more
Full (somewhat rambling) review:


In the event you've been in a media blackout since July 2010, Rosin originally wrote an article for The Atlantic under the same sensationalist title (a title which she apologizes for as the book dedication; perhaps that's when you should rethink your marketing strategy?). Said article was one of a rash of journalism-lite pieces proclaiming the 2008 recession a "he-cession" and suggesting that as male unemployment r...more
Hanna Rosin, I'm a fan - I subscribe to the fabulous Double X podcast (a spin-off of the Slate section that she founded and edits), and her work for the Atlantic is among the most original and insightful long-form pieces. She's written about crime moving from urban to suburban areas (July 2008), about evangelical Christianity's role in schools and the economy (in the Atlantic and her first book, God's Harvard), and, of course, the earth-quaking End of Men (July 2010). The last piece is absolutel...more
As I was reading this book, it seemed to me that Rosin made no real attempt to deconstruct the social anxieties surrounding these shifting paradigms of power and gender, in fact I felt that parts of her book played dangerously into fears of emasculation. Rosin makes a passing reference to the ways in which professions or careers associated with women are often devalued, but makes no attempt to deconstruct this mode of thinking. It seemed to me that at various time Rosin had the potential to make...more
I think that the reviewers in general have been a little tough on Ms. Rosin. Its funny to me that this website is exactly what Ms. Rosin it talking about. Look at the people who are trying to win books. Even the books with male oriented themes - a large majority that try to win them are women. I teach (for 25 years) at a junior college and the young women are better prepared (in general) more highly motivated and goal driven than the young men (and they READ more). This is what Ms. Rosin is argu...more
Jared Millet
I can imagine that this is a great book for starting arguments. I can also imagine that lots of people wouldn’t want to wait until finishing the book to let the argument begin. All through reading it, I kept wanting to tap the author on the shoulder and say, “but wait a minute! Here’s what I think.” This is a book that demands discussion, and earns an extra star on that point alone.

Despite the sensationalist title, the book is basically a progress report on the state of modern feminism – how far...more
Diane Shipley
Less provocative than the title sounds, this book outlines strides made by women in education, careers, and earnings power, and how this is changing marriage and society.

Short shrift was given to the disparity of women as CEOs and in politics. The author first cites that fewer than 6% of Fortune-500 CEOs, only 17% of congress, and 20 out of 180 heads of state are women, but then goes on to describe this as “the last gasp of a vanishing age.” I know things take time, but this seems far from a la...more
This book really isn't about the end of men at all but I will forgive them for needing to sell books through a dramatic title. The book is really a dissection of the changing gender roles in modern society. I found it totally fascinating, despite the fact that it's really hard to make generalizations about such big topics. The most interesting part to me is the way that Rosin lays out how, along with increasing income inequality, we also have an increasing cultural divide between upper and lower...more
Also posted at Feminist Mormon Housewives.

THE END OF MEN the book cover blares ominously. It’s a deliberately provocative title, followed by an equally provocative first chapter (in which women hook up for business and pleasure). This strategy may draw attention and sell books, but most of the people I know will never get past that first in-your-face chapter. This is unfortunate since this book raises numerous topics worthy of discussion.

Topic the First: That title!
The overarching theme of this...more
I picked up this book because I heard a great deal of buzz (most of it negative) and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I'm now abandoning it for a lot of the reasons touched on in others' reviews here. The conclusions Rosin draws are almost all based on extremely small or unreliable sample sets/her personal experience. One business student at Yale doesn't speak for all young women about their attitudes towards romantic relationships. I find it rather insulting as a reader that Rosin see...more
This book isn't as controversial or as adamantly pro-feminist as the title seems to lead most people to think. Many critics get hung up on Rosin's failure to address the lack of female executives and political figures. In truth, Rosin is pointing to the tip of iceberg and predicting a imminent groundswell, predicated on women out earning undergraduate (and now graduate) degrees and women increasingly taking over the workplace (because our current economy values traditionally 'feminine' skills an...more
This provocatively titled book is not some sexist trope on why men are on the wrong end of the evolutionary spectrum, but rather a documentation of the strides women have made in almost all areas of life, with particular emphasis on the new economic power women have wielded beginning about forty years ago. It also speaks to the new "feminized" economy of information and service rather than the "brawn" economy of manual labor the western world is (or rather, already mostly has) transforming into....more
Grouchy Editor
Barring some sort of nuclear catastrophe, in which case all of those post-apocalyptic movies will come true and Denzel Washington will rule the Earth, it looks as though Rosin is correct: The end of male dominance as an economic and social force is nearly here. Rosin makes a convincing argument that the future belongs to the gender more able to adapt to a health and service-oriented economy –- and that ain’t Denzel. But if she thinks men will cede all that power with a whimper and not a bang, I...more
Hanna Rosin's The End of Men: And the Rise of Women was a great book to end the year's reading program. While Rosin notes the elite class of women who still expect a man to take care of them and give them an elite lifestyle, the main coverage of her book covers the changes that are happening to men and women as our economy makes major changes. She describes what is happening to lower middle class and working class men as manufacturing moves away while more women attain college degrees and move i...more
The book reveals, in my view, a typical feminist suffering from an inferiority complex and, as a result, sees our entire society as one massive battle of the sexes. She reveals at the end what I've always said, that she thinks in terms of "turns". It was men's "turn", now it's women's "turn". How childish. There are many remarks throughout that are demeaning to men (so much for a kinder/gentler society if run by women!!). Read the book; Why Nations Fail. One thing you'll learn, is that if it wer...more
This is a really good journalistic account of the many areas where women have been progressing with men lagging. Rosin's narrative, largely, is that particularly 'thanks' to the recent recession, many professions with large male presences (manufacturing, finance) have been downsizing while female-heavy professions (medical care, education) have been booming. Add that to the decades-in-the-making gains by women in higher ed (several years ago, women began acquiring over 50% of baccaleaureate degr...more
Marc Brackett
There was a very juvenile thought in my head when I saw the title to this book. "If all the other men disappear, what does that mean for me?"

Unfortunately this book is non-fiction and no one disappears. Rather this book portrays a very real trend that has men becoming little more than semi-employed slackers trying to live in the driveways of their affluent wives or girlfriends.

Like it or not the economy and jobs that exist today have changed. The days of Fred and Barney who enjoy a regular nigh...more
After listening to this debate on Intelligence Squared, the book caught my eye at the library and I just had had had to read it.

It was worth it. The debate, entertaining though it may have been, was centered around the inflammatory book title, "THE END OF MEN". OHMIGOSH! THE END OF MEN!!!!! My two sons, 8 and 10, saw me reading this book and rained down a hail of protests and objections such as a book has never quite yet received in my home.

The text is a light mix of sociology, statistics, and p...more
Jill McKibben
I really like Hanna Rosin. I went to see her and her hubby David Plotz at Sixth and I on the day her book was released. I enjoyed the discussion tremendously. The book was very good, loaded with stories about women worldwide. She made a great case for how flexible women are and how that has been a great trait to help them succeed and thrive in the new economy. The men in the book came off as kind of whiny babies, stuck in the past and despite being partnered with these super women, failed to ste...more
Rosin is at her best when she's discussing and unpacking specific situations and interviews, instead of pointing out sweeping generalities. Sadly, it feels like she spends more time on the latter. But she asks interesting questions and provides believable answers with research and academic/statistical support. An easy, breezy introduction into the economic space women are currently occupying.
Jan 14, 2014 Richard marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: KQED Forum
Just listened to a year-old radio interview with the author: KQED Forum, and decided I should probably read this, and perhaps finally get around to re-reading David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character, which I suspect will be germane.

Rosin's original article in Slate, from the summer of 2010, is here.

The review of this book in the New York Times had elements of praise and attack, and there was a less-opinionated review in the Wall Street Journal. The Library Jo...more
Karenbike Patterson
We all know that women in developed countries are making strides economically. There are changes on college campuses, getting better paying professional jobs, role reversal, and learning to be a better negotiators. There are two sad things about all this "progress" :women still do the bulk of domestic chores and child rearing, no matter how many hours a week they work and how much money they make.It seems that most men are fine with their 'superstar" wives and making less money than their wives...more
Assumes that the success of one gender is at the expense of the other. Is it really a zero sum gain? Interesting discussion of what success is.
H Wesselius
An endless supply of anecdotes with very little analysis. The library wanted it back before I was finished and I saw no reason to renew it.
Kayte Korwitts
Yes! I now have a whole passel of fresh buzzwords to use at my disposal--and most are from the snappy, media-bait titled chapter on women in South Korea, "The Gold Misses: Asian Women Take Over the World": The Twitch (or what I've re-dubbed The BITCH Twitch), Seesaw Marriage, Pharm Girls, soybean paste girl, hot pepper paste man...

A better magazine cover story or series (it started out as an Atlantic piece by Rosin) than a full-on 'serious' book, it's strongest when Rosin sticks to her stats. Th...more
Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
“In this bold and inspired dispatch, Rosin upends the common platitudes of contemporary sexual politics with a deeply reported meditation from the unexpected frontiers of our rapidly changing culture.” –Katie Roiphe, author of The Morning After and Uncommon Arrangements

Some interesting points from The End of Men and the Rise of Women include:

• In the US, for every two men who will receive a BA this year, three women will do the same.
• Women earn almost sixty percent of all bachelor’s degrees....more
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Hanna Rosin was born in Israel and grew up in Queens, where her father was a taxi driver. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1987, where she won a number of competitions on the debate team with her partner David Coleman. She attended Stanford University, and is married to Slate editor David Plotz; they live in Washington, D.C. with their three children.
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“Women like Bethenny - my friend from the town of vanishing men - have a kind of ambiguous independence right now. They are much less likely to be in abusive relationships, much more likely to make all the decisions about their lives, but they are also much more likely to be raising children alone. It's a heavy load.” 2 likes
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