The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

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The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

Format:  Hardcover,

310 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9781594488047

ISBN-10: 1594488045

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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 Rosin's "Atlantic "cover story on the subject--has entered the lexicon as dramatically as Betty Friedan's "feminine mystique," Simone de Beauvoir's "second sex," Susan Faludi's "backlash," and Naomi Wolf's "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.


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9781594488047
ISBN-10: 1594488045
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 310
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
Hearts of Steel: Single Girls Master the Hook-Upp. 17
The Seesaw Marriage: True Love (Just For Elites)p. 47
The New American Matriarchy: The Middle Class Gets a Sex Changep. 79
Pharm Girls: How Women Remade the Economyp. 113
Degrees of Difference: The Education Gapp. 145
A More Perfect Poison: The New Wave of Female Violencep. 169
The Top: Nice-Ish Girls Get the Corner Officep. 193
The Gold Misses: Asian Women Take Over the Worldp. 231
Conclusionp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 301


Review by Library Journal (2012-08-01)

Following up on her Atlantic cover story of two summers ago, Rosin (senior editor, Atlantic; God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission To Save America) uses the same provocative title here to show that there has been a power shift in America, with men no longer dominant. She points to the fact that many more women are wage earners and that they are more likely than men to go to college, but she does not fully consider the additional reality that women wage earners still earn substantially less than men over a lifetime and that although they have made gains as lawyers and physicians, that is a narrow segment of American workers.

The fact that women are virtually invisible among electricians, plumbers and masons, although they make up more than 96 percent of secretaries, 95 percent of childcare workers, and 88 percent of health-care aides, argues against there being a major shift in gender roles in American society as a whole, as Rosin believes.

Verdict: Although Rosin thinks that all we have to do is wait to encounter a complete shift in the paradigm of gender in the United States, and although she presents many observations about progress for women, the facts on the ground make her argument unpersuasive: the end of men has been widely exaggerated. Consider this an optional purchase.

-Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Times Editors' Choice, 2012 (United States)

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