As the so-called “weaker sex” increasingly dominates higher education and the work force, the future looks increasingly female.
First, relax. Despite the title, we aren’t talking about doing away with men. Instead, what needs to go away are all the worn-out stereotypes about what it means to be a man – or a woman – in today’s changing social landscape. And, boy, is it changing.
Despite the siege on women’s reproductive rights and the fact that women are still bruising their noggins on the glass ceiling, the so-called “weaker sex” is now dominating our colleges and our work forces and no longer needs a man to take care of their lives or their pocketbooks. Certainly, this doesn’t mean that women don’t want or need men, but what it does infer is that those men now need to be, well, different.
So take a gander at these provocative books, and see how both sexes need to reframe who and what they are in order to form “a more perfect union.”
Caroline Leavitt is all for equality in the sexes, and not only does her husband work at home to help raise their son, but he always does the dishes and the laundry. Her new novel, Is It Tomorrow, will be published by Algonquin Books in 2013, and she can be reached at www.carolineleavitt.com
Bringing home the bacon means you cook up the life you want. But does more women in power mean marriage will suffer and men will be emasculated?Caroline Leavitt
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