Evolution of men
TO THE EDITOR: Three-quarters of the 8 million jobs lost during the current recession belonged to men; for the first time, women now hold a majority of American jobs, including 51.4 percent of managerial and professional jobs.
Women dominate colleges and professional schools, with three women receiving a bachelor’s degree for every two men. Since the 1970s, inflation-adjusted wages have increased for women at every educational level, while men without college degrees are making less than they did 30 years ago. As a result, an increasing number of these men have become stay-at-home “moms” while their wives bring home the bacon each week. Some men adapt; some leave the marriage.
Are men becoming an endangered species? Although it is premature to panic and think testosterone is out and estrogen is in, men need to figure out new ways to be men. In our post-industrial economy, size and strength, brawn and aggressiveness are no longer relevant. The new economy values brains, sensitivity and communication — traits more common to women than men.
The question is, can men evolve beyond their current masculinity? Are we too clueless to adapt to a world where “social intelligence, open communication and the ability to sit still and focus” are requisite?
Some would counter by noting that despite a dearth of female CEOs and senators, men still hold the vast majority of powerful positions in our society. Given the state of our economy and the reasons for it and the loss of respect and prestige the United States once enjoyed, I find little comfort in this viewpoint.
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