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Are Women The New Men?

Robert Manni - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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If you haven’t seen it coming, you haven’t been paying attention. More and more, women are increasingly rising in power and being represented in archetypes such as super heroes, CEOs, cultural and artistic leaders, and world-renowned athletes. Why? Because women are making it happen and you cannot find fault in self-advancement. Is this a good thing? You bet, and it is about time that women have ascended. Even in this fast-paced age of media dominance and instant celebrity, until the past decade or so, men had definitely held their own. Now women are getting a fairer shake and really making their move. Let’s hope they make the best of it for all of us.

What Is The Result Of This Trend?

Economic gender parity and the shift for women thinking about marriage from necessity to choice is one result. Not only is this true in the west, but also in Asia where traditional family values have been perceived to be stronger than in America and Europe.  One surprising statistic according to a recent Economist article is that people marry now even later in Asia than in the west.  It sounds ominous, but it is simply fallout from the ongoing shift happening in our society. As women continue their accelerated path to higher education (for every two men in college there are now three women) the game will continue to change and the balance of power will shift. Again, this is welcome news, particularly to men who pay attention and continue to evolve with the changing times. 

Are Men Finished?

Hardly. Like it or not, for the most part, men still hold the majority of positions of power. Studies have proven that men continue to not only excel, but also dominate technology, engineering, and many other areas of study. That does not mean that women cannot achieve greatness in these specialties. It simply means that men and women can both make wonderful contributions when they apply themselves.  I laughed when I watched the recent Intelligence Squared debate about whether men are done. We live in a big world with many problems and there is plenty of room for both sexes to contribute. But guys need to drop the video games and get off the couch. It’s time for young men to show up and get back in the game or they really will be toast for the foreseeable future. It is really up to them.

What's Next?

Okay, everybody, calm down. It’s okay if women are now calling the shots, literally, and introducing men to chocolate whipped cream vodka. Guys are lapping it up. And it’s okay if men are waxing while women are pumping up at the gym, kicking ass and taking names. The situation only becomes unacceptable when men give up. The rise of women in our lifetime is a very good thing. Men can now have better, more capable partners to share their lives with or just hang with without the pressures to be superman. Let women be the superwomen some seek to become. They excel at multitasking and seem to enjoy the challenge.  Male or female, it doesn’t matter. When the cream rises to the top it benefits us all.

Hey guys, can you handle the truth?

Robin S commented on 10-Dec-2013 08:55 PM
Nicely written and timely post, Bob. The New York Times reported today that General Motors names its first female chief executive:

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