If the ascent of women has been much exaggerated, so has the descent of men. Men’s irresponsibility and bad behavior is now a stock theme in popular culture. But there has always been a subset of men who engage in crude, coercive and exploitative behavior. What’s different today is that it’s harder for men to get away with such behavior in long-term relationships. Women no longer feel compelled to put up with it and the legal system no longer condones it. The result is that many guys who would have been obnoxious husbands, behaving badly behind closed doors, are now obnoxious singles, trumpeting their bad behavior on YouTube.
I read two different articles today that cited Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men as proof that, thanks to feminism, women now have all the power and men don’t know what to do with themselves, the poor things. This article is a shit ton of statistics provided by Stephanie Coontz, American Hero, to prove exactly how dumb that argument is.