Hanna Rosin- The End of Men and the Rise of Women

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“In this bold and inspired dispatch, Rosin upends the common platitudes of contemporary sexual politics with a deeply reported meditation from the unexpected frontiers of our rapidly changing culture.” –Katie Roiphe, author of The Morning After and Uncommon Arrangements

Some interesting points from The End of Men and the Rise of Women include:

  • In the US, for every two men who will receive a BA this year, three women will do the same.
  • Women earn almost sixty percent of all bachelor’s degrees.
  • In the middle class, the discrepancy between men and women is the greatest.
  • The attributes desired today in the workforce are more naturally female traits. They include: social intelligence, open communication, and the ability to sit still and follow.

According to the BEM Sex Role Inventory, (developed by Dr. Sandra Lipsitz Bem, 1971) which is based on gender stereotypes, each of us fits into a category including masculine, feminine, androgynous, and undifferentiated. I answered the sixty-question and wasn’t surprised by the results. 66.667 % of my personality traits are considered masculine.

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As a counselor at a large middle school, I attend a lot of parent-teacher conferences and I can honestly say that the majority of our conferences are for male students. Common school issues for male students include: staying organized, remembering to turn in homework and class work assignments, keeping their lockers clean, focusing, raising their hands instead of shouting out in class, staying in their seats, bringing materials to class (especially pencils), studying, and writing their assignments in our school issued agendas. Female students struggle with the same things, only to a lesser extent. Each Thursday I offer five organization groups (one for each of our sixth grade teams). I currently have 33 boys and 3 girls who attend.

Regardless, some things that seem to help male and female students are:

*Studying in the same place (and if possible at the same time) each day. A lot of students prefer completing homework at the dining/kitchen table because they feel distracted in their bedrooms.

*Having all of the necessary supplies nearby. (And no cell phones).

*Quizzing parents/siblings, etc. instead of the other way around. It seems to help for students to teach their parents/siblings.

*Writing things down several times (for example vocabulary words)

*Speaking out loud and/or pacing (It sounds strange but this strategy helped me so much during high school and college!)

*Kitchen timers work well, especially in 25 minute increments. Then after each 25 minutes, there should be a 3-5 minute break.

I’d have ______ review his/ her notes and/or read each evening for a half hour to an hour, when he/ she doesn’t have any homework.

Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder of DoubleX, Slate’s women’s section. She’s also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.

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