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Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys

Tuesday March 2011


Kay Hymowitz William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Contributing Editor, City Journal

Introduction: Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The women’s movement brought dramatic changes to many aspects of contemporary life. Women have become the majority of college grads and are taking over new sectors of a recession-battered, but still dynamic, knowledge economy. Men, by contrast, increasingly live in a prolonged “pre-adult” stage, “child-men” filling their leisure time with video games and beer pong, among other activities.

But it’s not all fun for them—and definitely not any fun for the women who would like them to “man up.” With no clear life script, these men don’t know what is expected of them either as men or as adults. In Manning Up, Kay Hymowitz explores the growing miscomprehension of the sexes and its implications for marriage, family, and society.