Monday, May 9, 2011

Who needs men?

Just browsed an article in the Wall Street Journal that makes the by-now-popular point that women are surpassing men in many fields, including but not limited to the workplace, college, salaries, grades, etc. Here's a taste:
Relatively affluent, free of family responsibilities, and entertained by an array of media devoted to his every pleasure, the single young man can live in pig heaven—and often does. Women put up with him for a while, but then in fear and disgust either give up on any idea of a husband and kids or just go to a sperm bank and get the DNA without the troublesome man. But these rational choices on the part of women only serve to legitimize men's attachment to the sandbox. Why should they grow up? No one needs them anyway. There's nothing they have to do.

They might as well just have another beer.
I completely agree that there's an alarming trend of laziness and failure to launch in modern 20-somethings. I know plenty of guys—and girls—who fall into that category. I do in some ways myself. But somehow this means that men suck they're no longer needed? If a man wrote an article like this article about women (and I'm sure there have been many), how would we feel? When there's a fundamental lack of respect for gender and humanity, little will improve.

4 comments:

Oliver Spencer Drambour said...

Let's ask Elizabeth Gilbert! She is an expert on not needing men... Oh, wait...

John Wiehe said...

A paradox: feminists hate men but without them they couldn't become humans who later become feminists who hate men. For transparency's sake, I totally agree with the "beta male" epidemic.

Seth J. Putnam said...

Well, to be fair—feminism isn't the same as hating men. It's certainly present in some cases...but in my mind the purest and best definition of feminism is being "for women." Which makes me at least some kind of feminist. But it's frustrating when feminism bleeds into something that's no longer about equality. And I'd absolutely agree that men need to get their act together. We need to concern ourselves with being better men.

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