Story Pick: The End of Men
Since most of us will spend Sunday celebrating men, lauding the virtues of the fathers in our lives, I figured it would be okay to bash them for a moment.
And by bash, I mean highlight an article that Stephen Colbert described this week as “terrifying” (after he microwaved his boxers in protest of male oppression).
The article, The End of Men, is the cover of The Atlantic this month and is thought-provoking in its central thesis: American women in many ways have not only caught up to men; they’re surpassing them.
“Earlier this year, for the first time in American history, the balance of the workforce tipped toward women, who now hold a majority of the nation’s jobs. The working class, which has long defined our notions of masculinity, is slowly turning into a matriarchy, with men increasingly absent from the home and women making all the decisions. Women dominate today’s colleges and professional schools—for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women. Indeed, the U.S. economy is in some ways becoming a kind of traveling sisterhood: upper-class women leave home and enter the workforce, creating domestic jobs for other women to fill.
It’s worth a read. That is, men, if you can handle it. Colbert’s fears surfaced as he spoke with author, Hanna Rosin, on the show: “Now madam, like a lot of men out there I am terrified by your article. The end of men? Truly, truly are we even needed anymore?”
Happy Father’s Day.
| June 18, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories: Story Picks | Tags: Father's Day, Men, Stephen Colbert, the Atlantic, working women
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