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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Manning Up: How the rise of women has turned men into boys, a new book

Oh no!  No wonder we are still single.  Societal upheaval was never a simple affair.  Apparently women in their 20s and 30s are out-earning men.

It's a real problem for dating.  No one knows what's expected.  (Great.)

Part of the problem is that men feel like their role isn't clear.  It also gives everyone more time to not worry about marriage.  Women don't HAVE to get married because they can often support themselves.  The rub is that women still seem to want to get married.

I would be great if men would work harder to achieve rather than letting things stay the status quo.  We now have players and men playing "game."  It gets really old for those of us who basically didn't see this coming and didn't prepare for it.

Oh crud.  We're all in trouble.  The thing is, we do need marriage.  And it doesn't seem like anyone is any happier with the current system since no one truly feels loved or needed.

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Anonymous said...


I don't agree with Hymowitz's rationalisation that men "don't know their role" in society.

Its pretty clear what the "male role" is in western society today.

Unemployment, flipping burgers, making coffee at Starbucks, stacking shelves at Walmart, etc.

That's not to say there aren't any high staus men - of course there are.

The new demographics mean that if women want to "marry up" then they are mostly SOL in today's society.

Most guys today are simply not good marriage prospects (tricks).

Jenny said...

Hey, what's better: Being a single woman 50-200 years ago, making next to nothing and working under inhumane conditions? (This of the Triangle Factory Fire that occurred 100 years ago last Friday.) Or being a single woman now, capable of making a comfortable living so afford housing in a SAFE neighborhood and buying enough food to avoid STARVING?

People act as if we women are choosing between a job and marriage. Hello! Marriage has NEVER been a real option for many of us. It's not fair to criticize women who are trying to make an HONEST living instead of literally wasting away while waiting for a husband who'll never come.

SavvyD said...

@workshyjoe (hilarious name)

You are so right. At least the guys who are in bands have ambition.

I do not understand people who just work and watch television.

I want more for my life.

Thank God we are not working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company (I think that's what it was called. I am sad to think that women in other countries do.

Haley Marie said...

Amen sister!! I have a college professor who needs to hear this. She tells us that women should rule over men. Not biblically correct. I appreciate this post. Thanks!


SavvyD said...

I wouldn't mind ruling over a man. I'd be kind.

Chronicler said...

Oh gosh, I live in a community of emasculated men! The women in my community do nothing to help this either. They are so desperate to have themselves married off (apparently it is better to marry someone you can tolerate and never leave home than to remain single for a little while and possibly leave your tiny hometown) that they will throw themselves at any guy, taking away any effort on his part when it comes to a relationship. Men are told they don't have to work--we'll do it all for him.

SavvyD said...

@Chronicler - Fascinating. Just wondering if it's possible that they might actually really like some of these guys?