THE END OF MEN AND THE RISE OF WOMEN
(New York: Riverhead Books, 2012), 310 pages.
As women increasingly take on nontraditional roles in the work, force and raise weanlings without the support of men, while still seeking academic excellence, the term female is being re-formulated as "she-male." Over the last four decades, women's inexorable pursuit of gender equity has abraded the sedimentary structure of male-dominated social strands.
In her book The End of Men and the Rise of Women, Hanna Rosin describes this recent rise of women. She uses the word "plasticity" to describe the modern woman's adaptability, empathy, and patience. Rosin describes the multi-faceted roles of the contemporary woman in the United States and on the international front. Women are crushing stereotypical gender roles by choosing when to procreate, and with whom--and not necessarily in marriage; battling elements of sexism in the workplace through the use of manly aggression; and securing their position in casual relationships based on strategic stoicism, while men are capitulating and retreating to the home front.
Rosin argues that in a post-industrial service economy, manufacturing jobs are few since the number of factories that require manual labor is declining. In these circumstances, there are...