I’m sorry for the break, I’m back now! I hope the break in postings has given everyone a chance to get rejuvenated so they can bring new energy and thoughts to the blog 🙂
So continuing with our discussion on economics, there was an article written several months ago that gained a lot of attention in the United States. In the article The End of Men, Hanna Rosin asks whether modern, post industrial society is better suited to women and whether equality between the genders should be the goal towards which we are working. She explains that the increased number of women in college and in the work force, compared to men who are unemployed and content with high school diplomas might be showing that our current social order is better suited to women who are more capable and hard working. Additionally, characteristics that are considered more feminine, empathy, lateral thinking, consensus seeking, seem to be the qualities that employers are looking for in future executives.
While this change in American society has seen women become more confident, it has angered men who feel insecure as result of losing their high paying jobs. Rosin has been criticized for being too simplistic in the way she is characterizing the current state of women in economics, yet whether or not she is accurately reflecting the position of women in economic structures, she is bringing up an interesting point. Rosin clearly illustrates that the changing fortune between women and men isn’t moving us towards a more equal state but rather shifts the balance in favor of women after years of being in men’s favor. For Rosin, the power shift isn’t a problem, in her eyes perhaps we shouldn’t be working towards equality at all.
As stated in the document, the way we arrange our economy expresses what we value and that is related to gender equality. Our current economic system champions competition and individualism, as such the best way to advance materially is to have a large segment of the competition out of the running through unemployment and a decreased presence on college campuses. This guarantees women an advantage. However, given the rampant inequality between women and men now and the current state of the world, doesn’t it seem as though inequality only breeds discontent, violence, oppression and conflict? Do we really want more of that?