Mike Kueber's Blog

September 30, 2012

The myth of male decline

Filed under: Culture — Mike Kueber @ 11:33 pm

I have blogged several times in recent months about the supposed decline of men and the ascendancy of women.  According to several authors, this change is resulting primarily from a new economy that rewards skills that women tend to acquire (knowledge and sensitivity) and has little need for the skills that men have (brawn and bravura).  I have rejected the conventional wisdom because there is nothing in a man’s DNA that will prevent him from evolving to thrive in the new economy.  An op-ed piece in today’s New York Times comes to the same conclusion as me.  It is titled “The Myth of Male Decline,” and it suggests that women will continue to be confronted by significant obstacles to equality and that men will continue to benefit from a form of affirmative action. 

Clearly, sex roles are changing, but don’t expect things to turn topsy-turvy.     



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