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Men Are Finished

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  • Hanna Rosin on Gender Equality

    Clip: Hanna Rosin argues for the motion “Men Are Finished.”

  • David Zinczenko on Gender Equality

    Clip: David Zinczenko argues against the motion “Men Are Finished.”

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In a modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men, many are wondering if men have been permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women’s status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback or have the old rules changed for good?

The Debaters

For the motion

Dan Abrams

ABC News Legal Analyst & Author of Man Down

Dan Abrams is a legal analyst for ABC News, a substitute anchor for Good Morning America, and the host of Discovery ID's Chasing Justice. He is the... Read More

Hanna Rosin

Award-Winning Journalist for Slate and The Atlantic

Hanna Rosin instigated a fury of responses with last year’s Atlantic story, The End of Men, based on her theory that men are losing their dominance... Read More

Against the motion

Christina Hoff Sommers

Feminist Scholar & Author of The War Against Boys

Christina Hoff Sommer, a former philosophy professor who taught ethics, is best known for her critique of late-twentieth-century feminism. She is... Read More

David Zinczenko

Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health Magazine

David Zinczenko is Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health and Editorial Director of Women's Health. He is the author of the bestselling... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

For The Motion
  • The era of male dominance is coming to an end. Women are increasingly seeking political and social power in the workplace, in government, and in their own homes.
  • Women are taking higher education by storm. Today, female students are the majority on most university campuses.
  • The modern economy, which prizes communication and creativity, is better suited to traditionally female skills and will likely continue to benefit women, over men, in the future.


Against The Motion
  • Women are underpaid and underrepresented in the American workforce. Despite notable gains in the ability for women to seek and maintain careers, they are still a minority in the nation’s highest paid and most sought after jobs.
  • ​From Capitol Hill to governorships to executive offices, men maintain the majority of economic and political power in the United States. Until women take the nation’s top seats of power, men are not finished.
  • Society will always rely on physical strength and brawn, traditionally associated with male workers, for critical occupations in fields like construction and the military. As long as those jobs remain in demand, men will be recruited and favored for jobs in the workforce.

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The Research

The Research

Failing Boys

Globe and Mail
December 1, 2010

Articles, videos, and polls from the Globe and Mail’s 6-part series on failing boys.

It's Not the End of Men

Ann Friedman
June 10, 2010

Contra Hanna Rosin, the problem isn’t men; it’s traditional gender stereotypes.

Decline of the working man

The Economist
April 28, 2011

There are many reasons why the recession is hitting men harder than women. There are also plenty of ideas about how to get men back to work.

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