Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The End of Men

I really enjoyed Mr. Ogden’s talk on “The End of Men” because as a young girl growing up in this century, I believe it is important to recognize the young women who have accomplished so much due to their hardwork and determination.  Throughout the class, we discussed our home life and how our parents take on different roles at home.  My mom, who works a 12 hour day sometimes, is always on the run.  She comes home from work, makes dinner, takes my sister to hockey practice or drama or whatever else that there is that day, and doesn’t hit the pillow until later that night.  She is constantly on the run and I admire her work and determination to be the best mom she can be every day.  
In “The End of Men’ and the Ted talk that we listened to in class, Hanna Rosin discussed women in the workforce, women’s progress for equality, and other roles that women take on in society.  In earlier times, male dominance was a main issue.  “Did male dominance exist? Of course it existed.  But it seems to be gone now.  And the era of the first born son is totally gone.”  Here, Rosin refers to times where males were considered more important than females, because males would be the heir to the throne in times of royalty.  Now, as those times have mostly diminished in the United States, “Women of our generation want daughters precisely because we like who we are” and “American parents are beginning to choose to have girls over boys.”   In recent times, girls have been the dominant gender that parents typically want.  In countries like South Korea, male preference “is over” according to Monica Das Gupta, a demographer.  Now, this is happening in countries like India and China as well.  
Times now have changed and women are now viewed as completely different, in the world and the workforce.  “I mean, hell, get out of the way - these females are going to leave us males in the dust.”   While men are typically viewed as stronger, in recent studies it shows that women are “programmed to find good providers and to care for their offspring…” For the first time, women are dominating the workforce, and hold the majority of the nation’s jobs.  

This to me is a very important topic to research and understand better, because as a young girl I can always remember my mom being home with my sisters and I while my dad went to work.  However, I have noticed that times have changed, in my life anyways.  My dad is retired and stays home all day helping my mom around the house, while my mom comes home from work later in the evening to still carry out jobs that she has been doing forever.  She cooks, cleans, does the laundry and so on, even though my dad may help out.  Women in the workforce is a truly inspiring thing to see growing up because it puts in perspective now that women can do anything a man can, and they can do it even better. I agree with what Hanna Rosin was saying, because although some of the points she brought up may sympathize with men, we can not blame men for everything, we can simply chose to work harder and to the best of our abilities if we have a goal in life that we wish to fulfill. Some women choose to stay home with their kids, which is completely okay, while others choose to take action in the workforce. Either way it is a women's choice what she wants to do, however, it is also very important to recognize these women in the workforce for pushing through so much to get to where they are today.

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