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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670922641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922642
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The End of Men""[Rosin] covers an impressive amount of ground about women...A great starting point for readers interested in exploring the intersecting issues of gender, family and employment." - "Kirkus " "In this bold and inspired dispatch, Rosin upends the common platitudes of contemporary sexual politics with a deeply reported meditation from the unexpected frontiers of our rapidly changing culture." --Katie Roiphe, author of "The Morning After" and "Uncommon Arrangements"""The End of Men" describes a new paradigm that can, finally, take us beyond 'winners' and 'losers' in an endless 'gender war.' What a relief! Ultimately, Rosin's vision is both hope-filled and creative, allowing both sexes to become far more authentic: as workers, partners, parents...and people."--Peggy Orenstein, author of "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" and "Schoolgirls"Praise for Hanna Rosin's "God's Harvard " ""God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America", is a rare accomplishment for many reasons - perhaps most of all because Rosin is a journalist who not only reports but also observes deeply." ---"San Francisco Chronicle " "A superb work of extended reportage." -- "Chicago Sun-Times " "Nuanced and highly readable." -- "The Washington Post "

About the Author

Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at "The Atlantic "and a founder of DoubleX, "Slate's" women's section. She has written for "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," "GQ," "The New Republic," and "The Washington Post," and is the recipient of a 2010 National Magazine Award. Rosin lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Fute on 20 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My wife left this book on the bedroom table when she went out to work this morning. Attracted by the pretty colours on the cover and having nothing else to do all day I eventually worked out which way round it went and stretched out on the couch in my underpants for a read. A couple of times I nearly lost interest but the print was nice and big and there were loads of references to TV shows that I used to watch back before my wife hid the remote so in the end I stuck with it, rising only a couple of times to grab a beer or urinate out the door of the trailer.

From what I could gather Ms Rosin seems to think that we men have in some way lost our 'maleness' - that being the ability to make more money, get higher grades and generally be better human beings then our womenfolk - and at times I found myself agreeing with her, and then hating myself for doing so. And then hating myself for hating myself for agreeing with her. And then just getting all plain confused.

She does have a point though. Since feminism came along we've let ourselves go a bit, us men. Reckon we held that door open a little too long and now we're stuck out in the rain being laughed at. But hey ho - that didn't bother me none as I stretched out on my couch smoking and reading and scratching my what-nots. You ladies wanted empowerment - enjoy!

Back to the book. It seems to comprise of Ms Rosin hanging around with a load of really busy women with waster husbands who lead her to the easy conclusion that we're all total dweebs.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on 15 Nov 2012
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The title of this book is misleading. The author in no way proves her thesis that the end of men is anywhere near. She does show that some men have difficulty adapting to the 21st century. The whole premise is just wrong.

On the back cover of the book it is stated that 50% of those in jobs in the UK are women. So what? Over 50% of the population are women. It also states that women dominate professional schools on every continent except Africa. While women may be the majority of students in faculties such as law and medicine in some developed countries, they are in a tiny minority when it comes to professors and those who are in the management of education and in control of the finance which is allocated to education. She doesn't mention at all the number of women who are denied education completely in some parts of the world. She also doesn't mention the fact that only 14% seats on the boards of European companies which are quoted on the stock markets are occupied by women. Anybody who doubts the dominance of men on the world stage should have a look at the photographs of the get-togethers of the countries of the United Nations.Count the women leaders.

I think the problem with this book is that the author concentrates on a small set of people in a certain socio-economic position, and ignores the plight of poor women, single parents and those on welfare. Even those women she writes about in relation to their so-called sexual liberation have adopted stereo-typical male standards of behaviour in their work and in their love lives, and are not particularly fulfilled in either.

I could go on, but will finish with the observation that if you wish to read an academic book which is based on a wide sample of different societies, and which give a comprehensive view on gender today, this is not the book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By style83 on 4 April 2013
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This has to be one of the most-discussed books on the question of gender in, well, the history of the gender debate. I used 'linkjacking' in the review title because a dramatic title such as this could never fail to fly off the shelves and gain hits online. The book itself suffers from three main flaws:

1) The statistical data is selective at best and flawed at worst. Here is a breakdown of the statistics used in the book:

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2) Since publication, one of the stay-at-home dads involved in the book has complained of being misrepresented in the book. His story makes for interesting reading:

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3) On another level, one must feel pity for Rosin's son for the way she has publicly cast gloom over his life chances. The stereotyping which emanates from the book has had some British commentators frothing.

Needless to say, Rosin will make a shedload of cash from this and see this as proof of her case. Meanwhile, in the Declining West, both women and men will see their economic power diminish. Now that is something which will, in her words, cause 'a ripple', and which both genders will have to adapt to.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 6 Oct 2013
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Some people will hate this book. Consider one of the reviewers here at Amazon. Self-proclaimed "British Expert" Kevin Smith had this to say:

"This book is telling actually just 2 clear things, underlined and repeated over and over again:

EVERYTHING that a women does is RIGHT. No matter what.

EVERYTHING that a masculine man does is WRONG and he is GUILTY for being born a man.

Things are simple, without any other shades of grey, for her"

The reviewer continues to furnish us with some colourful examples to illustrate his case. Unfortunately, none of them has anything whatsoever to do with the book he's reviewing. Bit of a missed opportunity there. Still, it's not as though Mr. Smith ever claimed to be a "book review" expert, so perhaps we shouldn't judge him too harshly.

So why all the anger and the one-star ratings? Is the book really as bad as all that? I suspect that much of the problem stems from the bombastic assertions on the back cover of the book. It's there that we're told that "by almost every measure, [women] are outperforming [men]". If the book stands or falls by this claim then I would have to concur with the other reviewers. It's true - despite providing us with an abundance of interesting and unexpected facts and arguments- Rosin nonetheless fails to make a watertight case for the bold conclusion promised by the back cover (this failure becomes most apparent when the author dedicates a later chapter to dealing with the difficulties many women have with getting fair pay and promotions - which rather undermines her case.)

Might there be more to a book than just one argument though..? Can't we find value in the many details, statistics and anecdotes that the author presents us with (even if they are partial)..?
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