I recently finished reading, and thoroughly enjoyed, Hanna Rosin’s book “The End of Men”. I chose to read this book after watching her RSA talk, and while reading the book, CBC Radio’s Ideas, broadcast the Munk Debates that were on the same subject.
As a man I’m neither threatened nor intimidated by the concept that the dominance of men in our society is in decline, or that women are rising in power, either independently, or even at the expense of most men. I see gender as a dynamic and often limiting concept, that is best experienced in the most flexible and self-defined terms.
I also agree with Hanna’s argument that women are rising, and that men are in decline. Many if not most of the men I’ve known in my life have struggled to find a meaningful and contributing role for themselves in this society. School was almost impossible to complete, and meaningful work is rarely found and never secure.