Friday, October 7, 2011

Many Good Men Needed

Many women in our generation - products of the 1970's women movement - have worked diligently to make opportunities to the younger generations of women and it's paid off. Over and over, we kept asking, "where are the men that need to be doing the same thing for boys?"

A recent article, "Why men are in trouble," points out that even though men still maintain a majority of the highest paid and most powerful occupations, women are catching them and will soon be passing them if trends continue. The article reports that sixty percent of college students are women. The article answers that younger men are spending an average of five hours a day playing video games, there is a maturity deficit characterized by a prolonged adolescence that refuses to grow up and to take responsibility in relationships, there is an obsession with sex and treating women as toys to be discarded when things get complicated. We've heard many women voice similar observations, and it's nice to see such discussions in an article.

The roles of men and women have shifted substantially in the last few decades. Women have done more to define these new roles and men will have to work to catch up if they want meaningful relationships and to become equals in our new culture with a weakening gender hierarchy, and stop being clueless at the top. We look forward to more articles like this one that urges men to teach the younger males coming up behind them.