Women Are the New Men
The postindustrial economy belongs to females
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2010 7:23 PM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2010 6:26 AM CDT
The age of women is upon us.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – You've had a nice long run, guys, but it's a women's world now. Hanna Rosin rounds up the evidence in an Atlantic piece headlined "The End of Men" (women for the first time hold most of the country's jobs; three-quarters of the 8 million jobs lost in this recession belonged to men; more women go to college, etc.). It's true that a wage gap still exists and that women still do most child care, but "given the power of the forces pushing at the economy, this setup feels like the last gasp of a dying age rather than the permanent establishment," she writes.

"The postindustrial economy is indifferent to men’s size and strength. The attributes that are most valuable today—social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus—are, at a minimum, not predominantly male. In fact, the opposite may be true." In short, as one female college senior tells Rosin, men "are the new ball and chain."

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foobar13
Jul 19, 2010 11:55 AM CDT
We're in a bad place right now. The next step in feminism is to accept men as being equally capable in parenting our children. That is not a role women are going to give up lightly.
NovatoLady
Jul 18, 2010 4:42 PM CDT
My ball and chain in outside washing his truck.
Desmond White
Jul 18, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
This is where 30 years of feminism have got us. We gave women the same opportunities as us, the same pay, and now they are flouncing around like it's a womens' world now. In addition over these past thirty years, the break down of the nuclear family is quite apparent, and all around us. Nobody sees anything wrong with a child being raised by a single parent anymore. In fact, some even idolize single mothers, and put them in a heroic light (the psychological implications on the child from lacking a father be damned). It's all about womens' liberation, their freedom, right? Because we all know, the more freedom the better. That's why capitalism works out so well for us all, right? Freedom, freedom, freedom. To everyone!