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The End of Men: And the Rise of Women Hardcover – 11 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.; 1 edition (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781594488047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488047
  • ASIN: 1594488045
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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A "Washington Post" Notable Nonfiction Book of 2012
"Rosin is a gifted storyteller with a talent for ferreting out volumes of illustrative data, and she paints a compelling picture of the ways women are ascendant." "Time "
"Afascinating new book." David Brooks, "The New York Times "
"Pinpoints the precise trajectory and velocity of the culture... Rosin s book, anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." "The Washington Post "
"A persuasive, research-grounded argument... The most interesting sections in "The End of Men "show that in the portions of the country where, through culture and money, something like equality between the sexes is being achieved, the differences between them collapse." "Esquire "
"Heralds the ways current economic and societal power shifts are bringing 'the age of testosterone' to a close and the consequences." "Vanity Fair"
"Refreshing... Rosin's book may be the most insightful and readable cultural analysis of the year, bringing together findings from different fields to show that economic shifts and cultural pressures mean that in many ways, men are being left behind... "The End of Men" is buttressed by numbers, but it's a fascinating read because it transcends them... Rosin's genius was to connect these dots in ways no one else has for an unexpected portrait of our moment. "The End of Men "is not really about a crisis for men; it's a crisis of American opportunity." "The Los Angeles Times "
"Especially timely... Rosin has her finger squarely on the pulse of contemporary culture... fresh and compelling." "USA Today"
"[Rosin's] thorough research and engaging writing style form a solid foundation for a thoughtful dialogue that has only just begun... It's not the final word on gender roles in the 21st century, but it's a notable starting point for a fascinating conversation." "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Ambitious and surprising... ["The End of Men "is] solidly researched and should interest readers who care about feminist history and how gender issues play out in the culture... A nuanced, sensitively reported account of how cultural and economic forces are challenging traditional gender norms and behavior." "The Boston Globe "
"Backed by workforce stats, [Rosin's] stories forge a convincing case that modern female aptitudes give women the advantage." "Mother Jones "
"Makes us see the larger picture... this provocative book is not so much about the end of men but the end of male supremacy... The great strength of Ms. Rosin's argument is that she shows how these changes in sex, love, ambition and work have little or nothing to do with hard-wired brain differences or supposed evolutionary destiny. They occur as a result of economic patterns, the unavailability of marriageable men, and a global transformation in the nature of work." "The Wall Street Journal "
"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 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"
[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. "KirkusReviews ""

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2012

"Rosin is a gifted storyteller with a talent for ferreting out volumes of illustrative data, and she paints a compelling picture of the ways women are ascendant." -Time

"A fascinating new book." -David Brooks, The New York Times

"Pinpoints the precise trajectory and velocity of the culture... Rosin's book, anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." -The Washington Post

"A persuasive, research-grounded argument... The most interesting sections in The End of Men show that in the portions of the country where, through culture and money, something like equality between the sexes is being achieved, the differences between them collapse." -Esquire

"Heralds the ways current economic and societal power shifts are bringing 'the age of testosterone' to a close and the consequences." -Vanity Fair

"Refreshing... Rosin's book may be the most insightful and readable cultural analysis of the year, bringing together findings from different fields to show that economic shifts and cultural pressures mean that in many ways, men are being left behind... The End of Men is buttressed by numbers, but it's a fascinating read because it transcends them... Rosin's genius was to connect these dots in ways no one else has for an unexpected portrait of our moment. The End of Men is not really about a crisis for men; it's a crisis of American opportunity." -The Los Angeles Times

"Especially timely... Rosin has her finger squarely on the pulse of contemporary culture... fresh and compelling." -USA Today

"[Rosin's] thorough research and engaging writing style form a solid foundation for a thoughtful dialogue that has only just begun... It's not the final word on gender roles in the 21st century, but it's a notable starting point for a fascinating conversation." -The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Ambitious and surprising... [The End of Men is] solidly researched and should interest readers who care about feminist history and how gender issues play out in the culture... A nuanced, sensitively reported account of how cultural and economic forces are challenging traditional gender norms and behavior." -The Boston Globe

"Backed by workforce stats, [Rosin's] stories forge a convincing case that modern female aptitudes give women the advantage." -Mother Jones

"Makes us see the larger picture... this provocative book is not so much about the end of men but the end of male supremacy... The great strength of Ms. Rosin's argument is that she shows how these changes in sex, love, ambition and work have little or nothing to do with hard-wired brain differences or supposed evolutionary destiny. They occur as a result of economic patterns, the unavailability of marriageable men, and a global transformation in the nature of work." -The Wall Street Journal

"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 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

"[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 Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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I'm all up for equality but this book is sensless , obnoxious and completely degrading to men and boys. I was under the impression the we now lived in an equal society where views like this had no room to raise its ugly head. There is no factual plausibility to the statistics given whatsoever other than to say that we have equality at last which is a good thing. Your boys must be really proud of you writing such a book to degrade them and insight further degrading their very manhood. What possessed you to write such rubbish when you could have researched the reasons as to why education is 'failing' boys and suggest positive ways in which boys and girls can grow together to make our world a more informative and better place. This book is utter rubbish!
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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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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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