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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