Coming from a background where “women…either ruled over their husbands, or ran away from them,” Mrs. Rosin suggests that American cultural changes and economic recessions explain why women easily dominate men nowadays. And better yet, she implies that we have to accept these gender role changes because they are inevitable.
In the introduction of her book, Mrs. Rosin uses the story of two people—Bethenny and Calvin—to support her argument that women have progressed past men and no longer need them to raise children and live happily. Bethenny, a single mom who has a child with Calvin, explains to Mrs. Rosin that she sees Calvin as a man who “would just mean one less granola bar for the two of us”—a burden to her life and a shackle on her freedom. With regards to Calvin, Mrs. Rosin makes little mention of him and especially emphasizes how he cannot operate a 7-11 microwave without her help. She uses her depiction of Calvin to convey how American men have “lost the old architecture of manliness, but…have not replaced it with any obvious new one.” In Mrs. Rosin’s view, Bethenny and Calvin represent “the end of two hundred thousand years of human history and the beginning of a new era”—one that propagates reversed sexism and makes men second-class citizens.
Mrs. Rosin acts as if she is just speaking factually about “gender role changes,” but a thinly-veiled gleeful tone underlies her rhetoric. The End of Men is not only something to be ambivalent toward. It's regarded by Mrs. Rosin as a good thing.
Although Mrs. Rosin says that she is not a radical feminist in her excerpt, the title of her book says otherwise. Shockingly enough, her husband had some questioning remarks about The End of Men:
“As Hanna’s husband, I find this book – how to put this charitably? A mixed blessing? It’s very nice
for our checking account that she has been paid to write The End of Men. But really: What part of
our life together has prompted her to predict doom for me and my half the human race? Do I load
the dishwasher incorrectly? Have I botched the repair on the downstairs toilet one too many times?
Do I not talk about my feelings enough? And how is Hanna going to explain this book to our two sons, when they get old enough to read it?”
We, young women who look forward to starting our own families in the near future, do not look to Mrs. Rosin as the prime example of what it means to be a lady and a loving wife to our future husband. Real women do not denigrate men to advance themselves. Real women respect men for who they are and for being naturally different.
“Gender equalitarianism” is harming our nation and is contributing to the erosion of our society’s stability, because it creates confusion and defies what is naturally human. Together, we can put a stop to it through the power of our own voices. We need to let all of the Mrs. Rosins out there know that they do not speak for us and never will.