The Demise of the Masculine Power Base – Is this ‘The End of Men?’

Man and woman arm wrestle One of the best pieces I’ve recently read, was not a book, but a meaty article by Hanna Rosin in “The Atlantic” magazine, rather apocalyptically titled “The End of Men”  which charts the rise and fall of the traditional skill set and marketplace that favoured men. She covers the increasingly common realisation that the  post-industrial economy based on emotional intelligence and communication skills, rather than stamina and brawn, indeed favours women. It charts the growing amount of research showing the emergence of women as an economic and social force, in everything from the fact that women outnumber male university graduates 3 to 2, that countries that have the most favourable living conditions for women also enjoy the greatest economic success and even that over 75% of US couples looking for sperm selection request female babies. She talks about the demise of the masculine power base and the impact this increasing obsolescence is having on society and men themselves. The piece is that rarest of high quality articles – extremely well-researched yet imminently readable. If you don’t have time for a full book this month, but are interested in where women …and men, in society may be headed, this is the article for you. I should mention that you need to leave as much time to read through the hundreds of comments which range from complete support to vitriol.

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