Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The End of Men...and Women

     If masculinity is doomed then so is femininity, as Carolyn Moynihan of MercatorNet points out in her article reviewing the book, The End of Men and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin.  The irony is that Rosin believes that the end of gender roles is a good thing--for women.  Both the book and her presentation in a video linked in the article smugly welcome the "evolutionary" arrival of not just the Nietchean Superman, but what seems to Rosin to be the ultimate Superperson, albeit in a biologically female body.  Rosin points out that women in the new economy no longer need men. In fact, men had better become more like females to remain competitive, or more precisely, to be relevant at all.  As Moynihan brilliantly sums up, Rosin welcomes a (Brave?) new world where we see "the reduction of both sexes to a state of plasticity that makes them perfect ciphers for 'the economy' (the political and financial establishment). That way lies the end of the human race itself."  Read it here.

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