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The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
by Hanna Rosin
by Hanna Rosin
Sep 18, 12
Read in September, 2012
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 she is trying to affect an attitude that she believes is now the right of successful women - condescending and bitchy. Third, by elevating the social, economic, and cultural power of women - a worthy achievement without question - she denigrates our past - as though women throughout history have been miserable, unhappy, and unfulfilled before the business suit came along. That is wrong and a disservice to all women who find fulfillment in traditional roles, do not believe they are without power or choice, and have no need to feel competitive with men in any realm. I believe that is the crux of this issue - it is the equivalent of sticking out your tongue and saying "nah nah nah" to men, as though we still have to compete with them at any level. Why must we? It would seem that a celebration of equality for all persons, no matter what their gender or sexuality, with a focus on supporting and encouraging their choices, whether it's to stay at home as a caregiver, or join the workforce, would be a better service to society. This book is meant to divide, not celebrate our many roles or join together. Sad that to sell books, we are reduced to this.
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