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    Mad The Phasing out of Men?

    Pushkin: This has to be the most absurd nonsense I've read in a long time!


    It’s a Woman’s World
    The phasing out of men.

    Mr. Derbyshire is also an NR contributing editor

    Forty-five years ago the British science-fiction writer John Wyndham published a story titled "Consider Her Ways." A woman of that time, Jane Waterleigh, volunteers to test a hallucinogenic drug. She wakes in the body of another woman some generations in the future. That future is a woman's world; all men were killed off by a rogue virus, which also prevented the birth of any more male babies. After a spell of disorder, the women got civilization going again, and erected a society modeled on those of the ants (hence the title, from Proverbs 6.vi). Bloated, obese "mothers" are dedicated full-time to childbearing — it is in the body of one of these monsters that Jane's personality has lodged itself. The "mothers" are attended by midget, sterile "servitors." Society's heavy lifting is done by muscular Amazon types, also sterile, and the whole thing is presided over by a wise "Doctorate" of normal-looking women who can give birth if they wish to. The medical specifics are left unclear, but some sort of parthenogenesis seems to be involved.

    Wyndham's purpose was to set a fictional frame for some 1950s-ish arguments about "romance" and the place of women in a consumer society. In years to come, however, he may be hailed as a prophet. While it is foolish to attempt to predict the future in any detail, there are signs that the world we are heading into, with its unprecedented demographic changes and momentous advances in the biological sciences, may be a woman's world. Those qualities we are accustomed to think of as "masculine", that have been brought forward more or less intact from our origins as hunter-gatherers in the Old Stone Age, are now surplus to requirements. Masculinity, as it has been understood from the beginning of our species, is now at last obsolete.

    The signs are everywhere. In post-industrial society, men simply do not do very well. As everyone knows, we do not live as long as the other gender. A woman aged 20 can expect to live 6.3 years longer than a man; at 60 the gap is still 5 years. It is less well-known that this is a modern phenomenon; until the early twentieth century, American men lived longer than women. Men are less healthy than women, and get more of most diseases. The culprit here is testosterone, which weakens the body's resistance, and causes it to age more rapidly. Eunuchs have longer life expectancy than other men.

    It is notorious that men misbehave much more than women: 90 percent of U.S. jail inmates are men, as are 90 percent of murderers and 80 percent of drunk drivers. Men are also of declining economic importance: Male participation in the civilian labor force has dropped from 86 to 75 percent since 1950, while the female rate has risen from 34 to over 60 percent.

    As Western society moves ever closer towards pure meritocracy, it is becoming clear that women are not only healthier and better-behaved than men, but also smarter — or, at least, more willing to be educated. More women than men pass straight from high school to college (this has been true since the early 1970s) and more women than men now earn degrees. In 1996, women were 56 percent of graduate students, compared with 39 percent in 1970. The education business is, in fact, being colonized by women at all levels, including the administrative: As of last summer, four of the eight Ivy League colleges has female provosts.

    Even more striking results come from England, where single-sex secondary schools are still common and the Department of Education publishes "league tables" of schools nationwide based on results in standard examinations. In the league tables for year 2000, four out of the five top-ranked schools in the "advanced level" exams, taken at age 17 plus, were girls-only schools. The top 20 schools broke down as: 11 girls-only, 6 boys-only, 3 mixed. Preliminary results for 2001 indicate that women have widened the gap.

    As men slip further behind in the meritocratic rat race, the culture sends out more and more signals that traditional masculinity is passé. Peter Whittle reminded us in the Los Angeles Times last February that Clark Gable would, if he had lived, be 100 years old this year. Whittle went on to compare the ideal of masculinity represented by Gable with the one currently on display in our movie houses. You can get the point by noting that Gable arrived on the set of Gone With the Wind two days before his 38th birthday, a milestone that Tom Cruise reached in July 2000, and that Brad Pitt will arrive at this coming December. The difference is, of course, that Gable was unapologetically and unambiguously a man, while Cruise and Pitt are, in their screen personae, essentially boys. The trend line is heading off even further into pretty childishness, too — think of Leonardo DiCaprio. Whittle:

    In my interviews with countless fans, it became clear that for teenage girls, the boyish but androgynous look was the one they preferred in their idols — smooth, hairless, lacking traditionally adult, masculine physical attributes, and, by implication, sexually unthreatening.

    The bankability of these present-day movie stars also depends in part on their appeal to homosexual men, a large and wealthy constituency with disproportionate influence over all matters of style and taste in our culture.

    The modern workplace has also been de-masculinized. I have spent many years working in the offices of big corporations, among the vast clerical middle class of the Information Age. It has often struck me how much more suitable this work is for women than for men — how, in fact, men seem rather out of place among the "tubes and cubes" of the modern office. No masculine values are visible here. The mildness of manners, the endless tiny courtesies, the yielding and compromising, the cheery assertions of labor-room stoicism ("Hangin' in there!") that are necessary to get this kind of work done, leave little outlet for masculine forcefulness. Such outlets as did once exist have been systematically sealed off by the feminists and "sexual harassment" warriors. Was it really only twelve years ago that my mixed-gender office in a big Wall Street trading house celebrated the boss's birthday by bringing in a full-monty stripper to entertain us? Yes, it was. If we did that today, we should be the subject of a 60 Minutes segment.

    The more boisterous manifestations of masculinity — physical courage, danger-seeking, the honor principle, belligerence, chivalry, endurance, small-group loyalty — which were once accessible to all men, in episodes of war or exploration if not in everyday life, have now been leached out to the extremes of our society — to small minorities of, at one extreme, super-rich sports and entertainment stars, and at the other, underclass desperadoes. There is no place now for a brilliant misfit like the Victorian explorer Sir Francis Burton, whose love of danger and of alien cultures led him to be the first, and quite probably the only, non-Moslem ever to penetrate the holiest sanctuary of Islam, the Ka'aba in Mecca — he even had the audacity to make a surreptitious sketch of the place while he was supposed to be praying. (Burton, by the way, was a holy terror as a boy — would be a sure candidate for heavy Ritalin treatment nowadays.)

    Even war, that most quintessential of masculine activities, is probably a thing of the past. For war you need a large supply of young men. With the great demographic collapse of modern times, that supply is drying up. Soft, feminized, over-civilized, under-militarized societies of the past were likely to be jolted back into vigor, or just overrun, by warriors from the wild places. Now there are no more wild places. While one should never be complacent about these things, and it is possible that a starship fleet of unwashed plunderers, cutlasses in their teeth and knives in their boots, is on its way from Alpha Centauri even as I write, the odds are good that the human race ain't gonna study war no more.

    Sexual intercourse itself is on the way out. I have written elsewhere about the sudden (historically speaking) ubiquity of fellatio among young people. This is a genuine social phenomenon of our times. Its significance in this context is that fellatio is an act of condescension by a woman towards a man. The subtext, as we say nowadays, is: "I am not willing to engage in sexual congress with you. However, to maintain your affections, and pacify your beastly masculine nature, I will do this." Fellatio is Ritalin for adolescents. What the mostly-female staff of elementary schools are doing to 8-year-old boys, female students are doing to the 16-year-olds, though the meaning of "orally administered" is of course somewhat different in the two cases. Along with the normalizing of homosexuality, we see here another sign that ordinary heterosexual intercourse is losing its market share. Sperm is no longer much in demand for its original purpose.

    Males are, in fact, not biologically necessary. Plenty of species manage without them. One family of aquatic organisms, the bdelloid rotifers, seem not to have produced any males for about 30 million years, yet they are thriving. Whiptail lizards in the Arizona desert happily reproduce by parthenogenesis. The shuffling of genes that occurs in heterosexual pairing is useful to our somewhat more complicated species in keeping ahead of diseases and parasites, which base their attack strategies on the commonest genetic patterns of the previous generation. This shuffling can, however, be accomplished by fusing two eggs, instead of a sperm and an egg. Presumably this was the trick performed by the women in John Wyndham's story. There are some small points to be cleared up — the placenta produced in egg-egg unions is unsatisfactory — but these problems can no doubt be mastered. Or mistressed.

    There is a movie that has haunted me for years, one of those under-appreciated masterpieces that Hollywood used to turn out from time to time when the accountants were looking the other way. It was titled Lonely Are the Brave (1962). In it, Kirk Douglas — he wrote in 1989 that this was his favorite among all the movies he had made — plays the part of a cowboy who has outlived his time. Escaping from jail, he heads for the hills on horseback pursued by various cops, rangers, and soldiers, all riding in jeeps and helicopters. At last man and horse make an absurd, hopeless dash for freedom to a frontier that no longer exists. A truck driven by Carroll O'Connor hits them as they attempt to cross the Interstate.

    We of the male gender are in basically the same situation as Kirk Douglas's cowboy, lingering on in a world that has less and less use for us. We may puff and preen and work out for a few more decades, but it will all be empty show. The world that is just over the horizon will be a woman's world. At last, when we and our paleolithic skill set have fallen into complete desuetude, some Caroline O'Connor in a sixteen-wheel rig will come along and put an end to our sorry little performance. It was fun while it lasted — the patriarchy, the wars, the all-night poker games, the seductions — but now the game is up. The male gender is finished. Shall we be missed, I wonder?

    http://www.nationalreview.com/derby...ire082801.shtml

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    He acts like people (especially young adults) aren't engaging in sexual intercourse because women find the act of sex with a man repulsive. The fact is, our scheisskultur endorses sex as young as possible and teen girls don' want to get pregnant. Coupled with the widespread belief that you can't get an STD from oral sex and voila, higher rates of meat munching. Teenage girls are insecure and usually aim to please. It doesn't take much coaxing for them to do so.

    "Along with the normalizing of homosexuality, we see here another sign that ordinary heterosexual intercourse is losing its market share." Hmmmm, I wonder who's responsible for pushing poofterism and our hyper-sexualized culture in general? All those "white" men who run MTV, no doubt.

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    Oh trust me I have much to say about this tripe and can refute and tear apart everyone of his pathetic arguments one by one. But I'm not bothering with it!

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    I'm sure there's a valid point in there, somewhere, but I still think he's full of it.
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    Where are there valid points? He's basically taking information out of context and claiming it as objective observation.

    For exp: the fact that women are succeeding more in education is because of both the large influx of women into the teaching profession and the new designs of the education system which is biased towards female learning habits.

    "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men" by Christina Sommers is a good source on this.


    http://www.thbookservice.com/bookpage.asp?prod_cd=c5608

    "It's a bad time to be a boy in America."
    And it's getting worse by the minute, as feminists escalate their war on manhood by targeting -- our sons"

    For years, feminists have been claiming that American girls are being shortchanged academically and drained of "self-esteem" by a society that favors boys. The problem is, it isn't true.

    In fact, argues Christina Hoff Sommers in this alarming new book, the opposite is increasingly the case, thanks to feminist-led efforts to "correct" the alleged male bias in schools and "overhaul" the social conditioning of boys to make them more like girls. The consequences of this nightmarish experiment -- which is being conducted virtually unchallenged in most American schools -- have already begun to show themselves. But worse, much worse, is yet to come, unless American parents rise up to resist.

    But first, they need the facts, and that's where this eye-opening book comes in. With her crack investigative skills and keen analytical mind, Sommers

    -exposes the dishonest pseudo-scholarship behind the myth of American girls as victimized and "silenced"

    -proves beyond doubt that it is boys, not girls, who are on the weak side of an educational gender gap

    -documents the frightening anti-boy prejudice that now flourishes in most public schools

    -reveals the totalitarian-style programs already being used to reconstruct boys' "gender identity," beginning in kindergarten

    -shows how the decline in boys' academic achievement, and the increase in their anti-social behavior, have their roots in flawed educational approaches of the past 30 years

    -offers constructive suggestions on how to help our floundering boys, including some tried-and-true solutions (e.g., single-sex schools) that have fallen out of favor


    "In the war against boys, as in all wars, the first casualty is truth," writes Sommers. In the United States, the truth about boys has been both distorted and buried. I begin by showing how the plight of boys came to be buried and by whom. I then report on the actual condition of boys, giving readers a documented account of how boys are faring, and suggesting what we may do to brighten their prospects." Some highlights of her analysis:


    Why a famous study showing anti-girl bias in schools was little more than "politics dressed up as science," as one expert said
    Carol Gilligan, Harvard-based "matron saint of girl advocates": Her claims are taken as gospel by journalists, legislators and school officials -- but they're utterly baseless, as Sommers proves, exhaustively
    Who's really falling behind at school? Boys -- by almost every measure. The deeply troubling but little-known statistics
    "Most parents have no idea what their children are facing in the gender-charged atmosphere of public schools." Now, Sommers opens their eyes
    How the U.S. Department of Education is leading the way in "reshaping" male behavior, starting in kindergarten
    "Resocializing boys in the direction of femininity is now high on the educational agenda of many educators, women's institutes, and government officials." Sommers fingers the culprits, and exposes their methods and their plans
    The game of tag as a precursor to stalking? Yes, according to a widely used, K-12 "anti-harassment" program that portrays every boy as a potential rapist
    Why recess --- the one time during the school day that boys can legitimately engage in rowdy play -- is now under siege, and may soon be a thing of the past
    How "gender warriors" are using federal statutes and taxpayer dollars to gain immense power and influence in public schools
    The recent Supreme Court decision that, in effect, makes it legal for schools to discriminate against boys
    Censored by the media: abundant new evidence that male/female differences are innate, not the result of conditioning
    New research: the real cause of violent boys is the absence -- not the presence -- of fathers and other masculine role models @ Nuggets from Sommers (the book is full of them)

    Clinical psychologist Mary Pipher calls American society a "girl-poisoning" and "girl-destroying culture." What is her evidence? In Reviving Ophelia she informs readers that her clinic is filled with girls "who have tried to kill themselves." And she cites statistics suggesting that the condition of America's girls is worsening: "The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that the suicide rate among children age ten to fourteen rose 75 percent between 1979 and 1988. Something dramatic is happening to adolescent girls in America."
    But Pipher's numbers are misleading. In so far as anything "dramatic" is happening to America"s children with respect to suicide, it is happening to boys. A look at the sex breakdown of the CDC's suicide statistics reveals that for males aged ten to fourteen, the suicide rate increased 71 percent between 1979 and 1988; for girls the increase was 27 percent.

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    Girls, allegedly so timorous and lacking in confidence, now outnumber boys in student government, honor societies, school newspapers and even debating clubs. Only in sports are the boys ahead, and women's groups are targeting the sports gap with a vengeance ....

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    In this climate, so inhospitable to boys, American educators who wish to help boys face formidable obstacles. Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside Washington D.C., includes several poor, mostly black public schools. According to one school board member, many of the boys "are at the bottom in every respect, in every academic indicator, and every social indicator." To help such boys, the county organized a "Black Male Achievement Initiative." Beginning in the early nineties, approximately forty young men met two weekends a month with a group of professional men for tutoring and mentoring. The program was popular and effective. But in 1996 it was radically restructured by order of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, which found that it discriminated against girls.

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    Gender experts at Harvard, Wellesley and in the major women's organizations, believe that boys and men in our society will remain sexist (and potentially dangerous) unless socialized away from conventional maleness. It may be too late to change adult men: boys, on the other hand, are still salvageable -- provided one gets to them at an early age. This presents a challenge that many an egalitarian educator is eager to embrace. As one keynoter at a convention of gender equity experts pointed out to her audience, "We have an incredible opportunity. Kids are so malleable."
    The belief that boys are being wrongly "masculinized" is inspiring a movement to "construct boyhood" in ways that will render boys less competitive, more emotionally expressive, more nurturing -- more, in short, like girls. Gloria Steinem summarizes the views of many in the boys-should-be-different camp when she says, "We need to raise boys like we raise girls."

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    The fear of ruinous lawsuits forces schools to treat normal boys as sexist culprits. Young boys in schools throughout the country are punished when they show signs of incipient misogyny. The climate of anxiety helps explain why in 1996 six-year-old Jonathan Prevette, who kissed his female classmate, was punished as a harasser. In another unpublicized case, a mother in Worcester, Massachusetts came to pick up-her son was told he had been reprimanded and made to sit in the "time-out chair" for having hugged another child. "He's a toucher," she was told. "'We are not going to put up with it." That little boy was three years old.

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