'The End of Men': The Masculine Mistake Sorry, Fellas, but Hanna Rosin Sees Women on the Rise in All Economic Indicators

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"THE END OF MEN:

AND THE RISE OF WOMEN"

By Hanna Rosin.

Riverhead ($27.95).

Men, we are in deep trouble, and it would seem it's our own fault.

In "The End of Men: And the Rise of Women," Hanna Rosin lays out an impressive array of studies, statistics, stories and anecdotes to support her thesis that women are zooming way past men in all areas of economic existence. Ms. Rosin, a journalist and author ("God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America"), explains how and why it is happening and the trend's collateral effects on other aspects of working and domestic life.

In chapters with telling titles ("Hearts of Steel," "The New American Matriarchy"), she drives home to the reader what has been going on for at least 30 years:

* In 2009, for the first time in U.S. history, the balance of the workforce tipped toward women (and in other countries shortly thereafter).

* Women students worldwide dominate universities and professional schools on every continent except Africa. Some American colleges begin to approach the threshold dreaded by administrators of 60 percent females.

* Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade, 12 are occupied primarily by women. The emerging global economy rewards not traditionally male attributes of size and strength, but those long associated with women -- social intelligence, open communication, patient focus and multitasking.

* While the very top executive posts of corporations are still largely in the hands of men, in the posts immediately below women have been inching up at about a percentage point a year. Ms. Rosin believes this is "the last gasp" -- or should it be grasp? -- "of a vanishing age."

The list goes on and on and on, stretching beyond the United States to the West in general and other parts of the world, especially Asia. To read about the intensely striving "gold misses" of South Korea who work punishingly long hours is almost exhausting.

Why are men falling behind? The nuances are countless, but the basic problem is that they will not adapt to change.

The author uses examples of several couples to illustrate what she calls Plastic Woman and Cardboard Man. …