March 27, 2012
HANNA ROSIN in a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, part of a series on the sexual revolution, continues with her familiar talking point, first popularized in her Atlantic magazine essay, “The End of Men.” According to Rosin, women are more powerful than men today and they should thank the sexual revolution for that.
There’s one problem with Mrs. Rosin’s thesis. Women aren’t all that powerful (in the sense Mrs. Rosin means, which is the power of money and career), and they certainly aren’t more powerful than men.
Take away all the billions of dollars in government support for single mothers, the affirmative action programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity suits, the other civil rights threats backed up by a powerful bureaucratic machine, the prisons for men raised in fatherless homes, the confiscatory family courts, the second income jobs that take opportunities from zero-income homes — take it all away and women are just as dependent as they ever were. Take away the massive investment that women once put into producing the next generation and preparing it for responsibility and hard work — and you have declining prospects, not an era of growth.
And once those subsidies for feminist autonomy disappear – and someday they will, Mrs. Rosin, because the well is running dry — women who trumpet their power over men and talk of free sex as if it is inconsequential for most women will lose all their glamour in the eyes of other women. They will be relics of the Age of Feminist Tyranny, listened to by no one.
By the way, you would think Mrs. Rosin was talking about women acquiring power to do interesting things, not sit in offices all day away from the stream of life.
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