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The End of Men: And the Rise of Womenby Hanna Rosin
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A landmark portrait of women, men, and power in a transformed world
Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the first to notice that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: They have pulled decisively ahead. And the end of men”—the title of Rosins Atlantic cover story on the subject—has entered the lexicon as dramatically as Betty Friedans feminine mystique,” Simone de Beauvoirs second sex,” Susan Faludis backlash,” and Naomi Wolfs beauty myth” once did.
In this landmark book, Rosin reveals how this new state of affairs is radically shifting the power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, Rosin shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up—even kill—has turned the big picture upside down. And in The End of Men she helps us see how, regardless of gender, we can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.
"This debut by Atlantic magazine senior editor Rosin bears witness to a paradigm shift currently turning the gender norms of American society upside down. 'Plastic women,' adaptable in a changing economy and culture, dominate institutions of higher education and steadily infiltrate the cubicles and boardrooms of a corporate America, and no longer need men to be the breadwinners. 'Cardboard men,' especially working-class and unskilled men, forced out of their factory jobs by the growing industrial flight, struggle to find purpose and employment in an evolving economy that values brains over brawn and the ability to build teams over handiness with a hammer. Rosin explores these changing gender norms across several settings, from the bedroom to the jail cell (more women are being arrested for violent crime than in the past), and teases out the highs and lows experienced by women attempting to shoulder the breadwinner and housekeeper roles simultaneously. Rosin's passion for the subject is married with the depth of understanding gained from years of reporting to produce confident prose and thorough citation. She deftly balances academic research with relatable anecdotes, from sorority sisters to single mothers. Rosin ends with a vision of both genders putting aside outdated traditions and finding a new normal built on the strength of human connection. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and�a founder of DoubleX, Slate's�women's section. She has written for The New Yorker, The�New York Times, GQ, The New�Republic, and The Washington Post, and is the recipient of a 2010 National Magazine Award. Rosin lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and�three children.
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