In Aristophanes' 5th-century BC comedy, Assemblywomen, for example, women have taken charge of Athens, and bring in a whole series of hare-brained pseudo-egalitarian measures — including the requirement that men had to sleep with ugly old women before pretty young ones. And of the 15 most expanding job categories in the US, 12 are now dominated by women. But for the most part she puzzles, as many have before, about women's absence from the boardroom, and their apparent unwillingness to demand the pay rises that their male counterparts achieve.
The important point about matriarchy in most of these myths is that the women rulers made a terrible mess of things or they imposed regimes of such terror who would like to be ruled by the Amazons, after all? All in all, while the book was an interesting read and obviously well researched, I think that Rosin ignores a lot of the complexities and nuances of an extremely complicated topic. This sounds like the usual downside of women's careers for years or so: The headline thesis of The End of Men is, of course, eyecatching and, according to the book's optimistic publicity material, the title has already "entered the lexicon" as dramatically as The Second Sex or The Feminine Mystique. It is also the case that the majority of those expanding job categories she refers to are in the caring ie relatively low-paid professions, and it is these that underpin the "travelling sisterhood" that supposedly defines the US economy; or, as she puts it, "professional women leave home and enter the work force, creating domestic jobs for other women to fill" not "sisterhood" in the traditional feminist sense then. Besides, she has very little to say about the fact stressed in most studies of gender in the US workforce: Men, she argues, have been the major victims of the recession, failing to adapt to the decline in manufacturing industries and to the challenges of post-modernity. In the text, she theorizes that women have won the gender war, having "pulled decisively ahead [of men] by almost every measure. If this is a budding matriarchy it is a surprisingly poorly paid one. I don't know exactly what to make of all these facts and figures, but I strongly suspect that they have been rather carefully selected and presented. Rosin is argu I think that the reviewers in general have been a little tough on Ms. If you believe her, vast numbers of the male American working class have been transformed from proud breadwinners to unemployable couch potatoes. Rosin is arguing with a nice blend of statistics and personal anecdotes. All Rosin can offer is the old gradualist answer. Rosin herself admits that the dominance of female breadwinners in Washington DC "is largely because the city has so many poor single mothers". Rosin it talking about. I'm sure that this was not her intention, but by not questioning or thinking critically about these gendered binaries that she uses to construct her argument, she normalizes them, and I found this tendency quite irritating. Steve defines his domestic tasks as "smearage containment", which means putting the dirty diapers in the sink, but not actually washing them. I teach for 25 years at a junior college and the young women are better prepared in general more highly motivated and goal driven than the young men and they READ more. Their womenfolk, on the other hand, have seized the opportunities offered by the economic changes of the last few years; they have retrained, requalified and taken the driving seat. Those stories of primitive warrior queens, buxom mother goddesses and tribes of Amazons are no evidence at all that women did once rule the world. But Rosin's book teems with examples of the decline of modern man and the rise of woman in terms of money, education, employment and power. And that, according to the logic of the stories, is why we now have patriarchy. But for the most part she puzzles, as many have before, about women's absence from the boardroom, and their apparent unwillingness to demand the pay rises that their male counterparts achieve. Here, jobs which traditionally held male-led jobs are now lost in the face of the recession and recovery of said economy.
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