Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The End of Men

In the discussion with Mr. Ogden he talked about the shift he’s seen in women’s dominance and power. He listed all of his bosses either now or in the past who are women, and he made it obvious that he is dominantly surrounded by females in his life. To him none of this is negative, in fact he thinks that Hanna Rosin’s argument is spot on. He has seen dramatic changes, especially on our Gov’s campus where it was once all male. While I can say yes that is true here, there has not been much of a change in my household. My grandmother went to college and received her B.A. but then was a stay-at-home mom while raising my dad and two uncles. It wasn’t until my grandfather passed that she ended up working and she still does today. My mom and dad both work and there was never a discussion that one of them wouldn’t. I absolutely believe and hope that I will work after college.
Hanna Rosin in her article “The End of Men” talked about how women are becoming the majority in the workplace. This is the first time in history that we’ve seen a rapid change like this. For every two men who receive a college degree, three women will do the same. 51.4 percent of manager positions are now women according to the Bureau of Labor Services which is a huge jump from where we were just 40 years ago. This article and discussion reminded me a lot of Mrs. Kingsbury’s when we talked about women’s achievements. This plays a huge part in that.   It was also mentioned in class that although all of this is great progress women still aren’t treated fairly in their job positions. Women bosses are regarded as bitches, or pushy, and controlling, and that is very different from how men are seen in those same positions.
I think that some of the points that Hanna Rosin made both in her article but as well in her ted talk had a lot of surprising truths in them but I can’t help but wonder if she agrees with all of her evidence. Last night in our discussion someone had asked “Is this good or bad?”. I automatically assumed from reading the article that all of this was on a positive note. It wasn't until I reached the part of the reading where Hanna Rosin stated “It is fabulous to see girls and young women poised for success in the coming years. But allowing generations for boys to grow up feeling rootless and obsolete is not a recipe for a peaceful future. Men have few natural support groups and little access to coral welfare; the men’s-rights groups that exist in the U.S. are taking on an angry, anti woman edge”. I think this is a very important point that Rosin did not expand enough on. The point is not to overrun men and their power but to balance out with women so it’s fair and you receive input from everyone’s perspective.

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