… No doubt a most troubling notion for the male species to even remotely contemplate after our time as “king of the hill” …
Hanna Rosin’s new book "The End of Men" bears tidings of a gender apocalypse.
The sun began to set on traditional masculinity over 500 years ago – just around the time musketeers arrived on the battlefields of Europe. At first, the feudal knights scoffed. How unnatural, and worse, how unmanly to go around pointing ungainly, smoke-belching sticks at your enemies!
But soon enough, technology won out, and it was the knights who faded into obsolescence. Poets pined for the old masculinity, but the days when the brawniest ruled the land were numbered. Brains now counted. So did the ability to adapt to new technologies. Just ask Elizabeth I.
But it was not quite yet the Day of Women. As Hanna Rosin argues in her much-discussed new book The End of Men, we had to wait until the 21st century for that.
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