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The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,883 ratings  ·  323 reviews
Essential reading for our times, as women are pulling together to demand their rights— A landmark portrait of women, men, and power in a transformed world.

“Anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, [Rosin] concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." – The Washington Post

Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the firs
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Riverhead Books (first published 2012)
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Oct 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Kate O'Hanlon
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminist-stuff
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
Jared Millet
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Grouchy Editor
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wondering why you've got six Master's degrees and can't find a partner with the same amount of education? Wondering why you have such a hard time negotiating on salary (or negotiating at all?) Are you wondering if you have to change your personality to run a company? I recommend reading Ms. Rosin's extensively detailed and researched manuscript on how women's relentless pursuit of better education and financial status has affected the economic, political and social order as we know it. Can men c ...more
H Wesselius
Oct 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I really did but the sensationalized title and the writing itself, just no. Rosin's background is in journalism and I feel that should be taken into account when reading this book. There are major chunks of it that are just interviews. It comes off as more of a "Joe the Plumber" kind of anecdote that a politician would use rather than finding a study from say a social scientist. You can tell in sections that Rosin wanted this book to be empowering about women but also ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Safia AlSharji
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh yes!! This book demands a deep discussion with friends. The author, Henna Rosin, argues that women are successfully adapted to the new economic reality of the 21st century. You will be surprised by the statistics this book shows regarding this topic and related ones! After reading The End of Men, I wish that someone could write about the similar articles in the Middle East society to find the solutions to fill the missing gaps.
Heather Fryling
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Hanna Rosin identifies important threads of improvement in womens' lives, then somehow weaves them into a story of a power hungry, emasculating matriarchal takeover of... the whole world! The facts, and even her own examples, do not support her view.
Here's one instance. Throughout the book, she likes to remind us that single, childless women under thirty make more money, on average, than single, childless men under thirty. This is a misleading statistic, because it's a comparison
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
There were parts that were interesting, but most was shit. Maybe it would have resonated more if I was part of the society she was talking about. She implies this is happening throughout America, but doesn't really talk about anyone who was born middle-class to educated parents, which is a huge percentage of America. Instead she focuses on blue-collar workers and the poor.

I've heard similar claims before, and they always have the same flaws. Rosin has no problem arguing that men's past success
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book in a pop psychology way. It's failings mainly surround the lack of social structures/gendered interrogation into why men are slipping behind. It don't believe its as simplistic as women can juggle more things than men or that the new fields of work require more soft skills. Yes this is a reason but I think a more nuanced interrogation would unearth that men have simply not been *required* to develop these skills because it's been the assumption that women will provide ...more
Susy Miller
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I would have read this book on my own volition. The author is coming to speak at the university where I work, so I read it in preparation to understand her presentation. It is an interesting concept that she has. I agree with some points and am intrigued with other points. I am also amazed by how some cultures are very slow to change; IE Korean.

I will say that I was both terrified and relieved after reading this book. Terrified that my daughter is going off to college (after chapte
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: socio-poli-sci
[edit: i was talking to my husband about this book, who also really likes hanna rosin, and read this book before me. he liked it alright as well, and surprised i gave it only 2 stars. i use the star rating system here on goodreads based on their tooltip descriptions. 2 stars = "it was ok" - this means to me that i thought *the book was ok.* it does not mean i disliked it (that is, after all, what the text is for a 1 star review). if that was the case, i would have given 1 star. there's a given r ...more
Marc Brackett
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
From Orange Is the New Black to my tiny midwestern alma mater, Hanna Rosin is everywhere, and rightfully so. The Atlantic editor and New York Times writer examined and reflected on years of research with fairly profound breadth, all while remaining hopeful and honest in her observations. What once started as a piece for the Atlantic has since transformed into a socioeconomic analysis of the dramatic, and sometimes systemic, shift of women in places of power: namely, professional vocations, in th ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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.
“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.” 3 likes
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