Reports of the End of Men Are Greatly Exaggerated


Here’s today’s column I co-authored with my husband, Nicholas Christakis.

Is It Really the End of Men? There are downsides to pitting the sexes in a constant, one-up, one-down battle for supremacy.

It’s a story as old as Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the trope of a gender reversal that puts “women on top,” but in a new book that’s getting lots of attention, a journalist is trying to prove that this fiction has become a reality. In The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Hanna Rosin argues that changes in the world economy have dramatically shifted gender roles. Women have adapted more skillfully to the new socioeconomic landscape by doggedly pursuing self-improvement opportunities, rebranding as the economy requires it, and above all possessing the kind of 21st century work attributes — such as strong communication skills, collaborative leadership and flexibility — that are nudging out the brawny, stuck-in-amber guys. Rock steadiness, long a cherished masculine trait, turns out to be about as useful in our fleet-footed economy as a flint arrowhead. Life favors the adapters, and it turns out they’re more likely to be women…

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About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director/author. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.
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2 Responses to Reports of the End of Men Are Greatly Exaggerated

  1. Good article Erika and Husband. I will say HUSBAND cause a PARTNER is who you go into business with! Snarf! Snarf! Women are so broken. I blame the “woman’s movement” which told us all to burn our bras! Not a good look! Nobody wants a chick with saggy boobs and armpit hair! Blechhhh! I have always loved men as a culture. As a gender. Can’t do without them. I cannot stand the way so many women I have come across “use” men and the SUGAR DADDY syndrome as well as the CINDERELLA SYNDROME (my prince will come and make me live happily ever after….blechhh) has got to go too! Marriage is hard work! Self sacrifice, up in your face giving, lots of laughs, children and the best! Oh well. What do I know, eh? Only been married 30 years. Talk to my parents. They been at it since 1941! Cheers!

  2. Cathi Carol says:

    Well, you know, I found this charming and erudite – but, um, divisive and sexist…. as humans must forego looking for ways to separate ourselves from, trying raise ourselves above, the animal kingdom of which we are a part, so must we stop trying to find and imagining and putting forth any question of intellectual difference between the sexes. There are none. The differences between the sexes are and must be physical, not intellectual. Attempts at separation only hurt both, rather, all sexes on the physical continuum.

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