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Monday, 16 November 2015

Our Arrogant Academic Priesthood

Men’s Lib!

By Richard V. Reeves and Isabel V. Sawhill, Nov. 14, 2015 (LINK to article)

This article made my skin crawl, but I left it too late to submit a comment.

What I dislike so much about this article is how its authors presume to tell others - specifically men - how they should and shouldn't behave. It seems to me to typify a certain academic attitude towards society and the people who comprise it, which is purely self-serving. They assume and assert an authority that they in no way deserve, reminding me of some clerics.

Here are some quotes from the article:

We have not pushed hard enough to put men in traditionally female roles — that is where our priority should lie now. This is not just about gender equality. The stakes are even higher. The jobs that many men used to do are gone or going fast, and families need two engaged parents to share the task of raising children.  
As painful as it may be, men need to adapt to what a modern economy and family life demand. There has been progress in recent years, but it hasn’t been equal to the depth and urgency of the transformation we’re undergoing.  
Will this transformation be good for men? In the long run, we think so. But in any case they don’t really have a choice. Recent changes in women’s status and in the economy aren’t going to be reversed. Men must either adapt or be left behind.  
These disturbing trends have led many observers to call on boys and men to regain their competitive edge over women, so they can once again be successful breadwinners and leaders. But that’s the wrong message. Rather than trying to recreate a patriarchal past, men have to embrace a more feminine future.  
Until men seize opportunities in these “pink collar” sectors, they will continue to lose out in this dynamic area of the labor market.

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