Thursday, February 17, 2011

Manning up

Kay Hymowitz has a new book on Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys. It has Amazon reviews even before its release.

You can just read her 2008 article:
Not so long ago, the average mid-twentysomething had achieved most of adulthood’s milestones—high school degree, financial independence, marriage, and children. These days, he lingers—happily—in a new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. Decades in unfolding, this limbo may not seem like news to many, but in fact it is to the early twenty-first century what adolescence was to the early twentieth: a momentous sociological development of profound economic and cultural import. Some call this new period “emerging adulthood,” others “extended adolescence”; David Brooks recently took a stab with the “Odyssey Years,” a “decade of wandering.”

But while we grapple with the name, it’s time to state what is now obvious to legions of frustrated young women: the limbo doesn’t bring out the best in young men. ...

That adds up to tens of millions more young men blissfully free of mortgages, wives, and child-care bills. ...

That sound you hear is women not laughing.
The article has the sound of women whining. What she describes is the inevitable consequence of feminism, and she never addresses the root causes of why marriage has become less attractive to men.

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