Are men finished?

When men are finished, they immediately roll over and go to sleep.
     David Zinczenko, editor of Men’s Health magazine, in a debate at New York University, on the motion that “Men are Finished,” arguing “Men can’t possibly be finished,” because “men are not rolling over.” Also arguing against the motion was Chistina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys. Arguing for the motion that men are finished were Dan Abrams author of the long-titled book Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else; and Hanna Rosin, Slate online magazine columnist and author of the book The End of Men.

Counting against men, it was generally agreed, is their proclivity to start wars and take risks. It was also argued, however, that “risk-taking can be incredibly valuable,” without which Europeans might never had crossed the Atlantic to inhabit North America, travelled to the South Pole, or flown to the moon.

The motion that men are finished was decisively won.

Source: Rebecca Mead, “Gender Studies: The End? The New Yorker, October 10, 2011.


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