Men have been the dominant sex since - well, the dawn of mankind. And yet, as journalist Hanna Rosin discovered, that long-held truth is no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, women are no longer merely gaining on men; they have pulled decisively ahead by almost every measure. Already "the end of men" - the phrase Rosin coined - has entered the lexicon as indelibly as Simone de Beauvoir’s "second sex", Betty Friedan’s "feminine mystique", Susan Faludi’s "backlash", and Naomi Wolf’s "beauty myth" have.
This landmark, once-in-a-generation book will take its place alongside the works of those authors, forever changing the way we talk about men and women and what happens between them. Rosin reveals how the new world order came to be, and how it is dramatically shifting dynamics in every arena and at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, Rosin shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up - even kill - have turned the big picture upside down, not just in the United States but all over the world. And in The End of Men she helps us to see how both men and women can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.
©2012 Hanna Rosin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm a fan of Hanna Rosin's work, and this is a very thoughtful, well-reported book. It's a little sensationalist in places, but overall feels exceptionally well-researched and evenly written.
I don't care for Ms. Merlington's reading, though. I suspected something might go amiss because in the opening credits, she's credited as 'performing' the book, not reading it.
I don't think it's appropriate in a non-fiction book for the reader to adopt voices and accents for the character. That's an act of interpretation that can be very effective in fiction, but shouldn't be applied to actual people. The way Ms. Merlington reads a quotation--the tone, the pacing, the inflection--all add a significant layer of subjective meaning to it.
I haven't heard this style in audio non-fiction books, and I hope it's not a growing trend. I much prefer a 'straight' reading for non-fiction works.
I think it was the publisher who came up with the title to be provocative. Rosin tells an excellent story of the current rise of women and the struggle of men to find their place in the latest iteration of the new world order. In fact, the book basically ends with the path ahead for men. I found this to be very informative, well written, well thought out, and absolutely an important reflection and look at our current era. Given the dominance of the males of our species over the course of history, and their oft-times abuse of power, the Rise of Women (as I prefer to think of this book) is an exciting narrative of the human world - and all that it influences - coming into a era which will be better for all; women, men, children, animals, all biological life, the environment. Viva la spiritus feminus and viva a world which blends all the wonderful aspects of both sexes of our species!
I listen to Hanna Rosin on her Slate podcast, and I am very disappointed she did not read this book. The narrator's choice to use different accents when reading quotes is mystifying. It really distracts from the quality of the author's research. I am having a hard time taking this book seriously even though I like and respect the author. My first Audible purchase, another non-fiction title, also had a narrator that put on different voices and I found it so annoying I had to return the title. I don't understand this need to embellish a non-fiction work.
Hanna Rsin does a lovely job elucidating the challenges working class americans face in the new economy, and explaining how women are adapting and men aren't.
The reporting is sometimes too anecdotal to come across as authoratative, but the anecdotes make the book more lively.
The narrator was way too emotive and often judgemental of the people in the book. The voices she used for them were terrible.
I wish this had been read by the author. Rosin has a lovely voice and a great presence in podcasts.
Same as my title - Empowering, enlightening and cautionary
The author used real data from a variety of sources to write a very compelling, thought provoking book that is told primarily via storytelling. It speaks to the changes in gender roles over the past several decades and where women are now and appear to be going in the future. It's not necessarily a cheer-leading book for women, or a dire prediction of the future of men, but it speaks to an exciting time full of opportunities for women now and in the future. As a working mother of three boys, the book has helped change my perspective and may change the way I'm raising my boys. So sorry my little princes.
Laural did a great job of making the stories pop off the page and come to life! (I've read the actual book and am just about finished with the Audible version). She moves from data to stories to quotes easily and effectively.
The book made me think, ponder and has prompted many a discussion with friends and colleagues.
Great book - very highly recommended. All women should read it. And men should too if they want to succeed in life and in business over the next few decades.
Really shocking story of young men who are slow to adapt to the world as it is. This is a great story of female empowerment and I do so hope men stop looking to the past. I found this depressing as the author didn't seem to me to provide any real prescription for moving forward. I also didn't get that she ever really understood the men in the story in the same way she understood the women. I do think this is worth a listen, just be prepared for some hard truths.
The topics broached in this book made you change your perspective on how the real world works these days.
The author pointed out that the men are yet to adapt to their changing world
The "super mom" who does everything and doesn't delegate tasks
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