CNN: Why men are in trouble

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http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/04/opinion/bennett-men-in-trouble/index.html?hpt=hp_c1



Editor's note: William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, is the author of "The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood." Bennett is the Washington fellow of the Claremont Institute. He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and was director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.
(CNN) -- For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men.
Now, society has rightly celebrated the ascension of one sex. We said, "You go girl," and they went. We celebrate the ascension of women but what will we do about what appears to be the very real decline of the other sex?
The data does not bode well for men. In 1970, men earned 60% of all college degrees. In 1980, the figure fell to 50%, by 2006 it was 43%. Women now surpass men in college degrees by almost three to two. Women's earnings grew 44% in real dollars from 1970 to 2007, compared with 6% growth for men.


William J. Bennett
In 1950, 5% of men at the prime working age were unemployed. As of last year, 20% were not working, the highest ever recorded. Men still maintain a majority of the highest paid and most powerful occupations, but women are catching them and will soon be passing them if this trend continues.
The warning signs for men stretch far beyond their wallets. Men are more distant from a family or their children then they have ever been. The out-of-wedlock birthrate is more than 40% in America. In 1960, only 11% of children in the U.S. lived apart from their fathers. In 2010, that share had risen to 27%. Men are also less religious than ever before. According to Gallup polling, 39% of men reported attending church regularly in 2010, compared to 47% of women.
If you don't believe the numbers, just ask young women about men today. You will find them talking about prolonged adolescence and men who refuse to grow up. I've heard too many young women asking, "Where are the decent single men?" There is a maturity deficit among men out there, and men are falling behind.
This decline in founding virtues -- work, marriage, and religion -- has caught the eye of social commentators from all corners. In her seminal article, "The End of Men," Hanna Rosin unearthed the unprecedented role reversal that is taking place today. "Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But for the first time in human history, that is changing—and with shocking speed," writes Rosin. The changes in modern labor -- from backs to brains -- have catapulted women to the top of the work force, leaving men in their dust.
Hanna Rosin: Are women leaving men behind?
Man's response has been pathetic. Today, 18-to- 34-year-old men spend more time playing video games a day than 12-to- 17-year-old boys. While women are graduating college and finding good jobs, too many men are not going to work, not getting married and not raising families. Women are beginning to take the place of men in many ways. This has led some to ask: do we even need men?
So what's wrong? Increasingly, the messages to boys about what it means to be a man are confusing. The machismo of the street gang calls out with a swagger. Video games, television and music offer dubious lessons to boys who have been abandoned by their fathers. Some coaches and drill sergeants bark, "What kind of man are you?" but don't explain.
Movies are filled with stories of men who refuse to grow up and refuse to take responsibility in relationships. Men, some obsessed with sex, treat women as toys to be discarded when things get complicated. Through all these different and conflicting signals, our boys must decipher what it means to be a man, and for many of them it is harder to figure out.
For boys to become men, they need to be guided through advice, habit, instruction, example and correction. It is true in all ages. Someone once characterized the two essential questions Plato posed as: Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them? Each generation of men and women have an obligation to teach the younger males (and females of course) coming behind them. William Wordsworth said, "What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how." When they fail in that obligation, trouble surely follows.
We need to respond to this culture that sends confusing signals to young men, a culture that is agnostic about what it wants men to be, with a clear and achievable notion of manhood.
The Founding Fathers believed, and the evidence still shows, that industriousness, marriage and religion are a very important basis for male empowerment and achievement. We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, "Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married." It's time for men to man up.
Probably because playing video games, drinking, and fucking random bitches is much more fun then signing a contract to commit half of my stuff to a manipulative hoe. Also, men graduate with degrees in physics and math while women graduate in communications and womens studies.






























 

Sinn Fein

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Speaking as a married man, you gotta be out of your fucking mind to get married.

I love my wife, but I would never do this again.
 

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Not religious, don't go to church. But I'm personally certain God is in control. Sometimes he fucks with people and what not, but he gives you shit for free if you ask right and aren't a cunt about it.
 

LiddyRules

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Death by snu-snu?
 

Josh_R

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Anyone know any 15-18 year old boys right now? Every one of them that I have met is a pure pussy. Boys are just pussies nowadays and that is a fact. Sure there are the few that do MMA, or join the military, or become a cop or firefighter, but for every one of them there are probably 20 little queers with their hair all in their eyes and wearing their sister's jeans. Something went way wrong about 25-30 years ago and the new generation is all emo and awkward and bi-curious.
 

LiddyRules

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lajikal

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Hopefully this book helps him pay off his gambling debt
 

LiddyRules

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Hey if that's your thing, have at it. The point of the thread and the book is that "men" no longer know how to be men.
And the new Tim Allen show

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Josh_R

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And the new Tim Allen show

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Eww. Guaranteed he is always made to look like an asshole. God forbid they let a man talk about "what happened to men" without making him look like a dick for it. BTW, wasn't that the exact same layout of the set from Home Improvement?

 

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Men can't be "men" any more because they have been getting their ball bag snipped from every direction for decades.

Everything that is fun ends up becoming illegal, taxed up the anii (plural of anus) and/or regulated.

This country is made up of a bunch of Buzzkill McGuillicuddys, and in 200 years everyone in this country is going to have a slight chink to their face because we let it happen.

I blame whitey. You had it all by the balls and let a bunch of hairy arm-pitted lesbians, fat soccer moms and uppities take it all away from you.
 

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I kinda agree with this article. While I have nothing against guys playing video games, if it fucks with your personal responsibilities maybe it's time to put down the controller and step up. I also want to yell at all these kids just out of high school/college running around demanding everything in life be handed to them... these same kids probably wouldn't last a day on a construction site because they're special little butterflies who are "above that".
 

LiddyRules

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Men can't be "men" any more because they have been getting their ball bag snipped from every direction for decades.

Everything that is fun ends up becoming illegal, taxed up the anii (plural of anus) and/or regulated.

This country is made up of a bunch of Buzzkill McGuillicuddys, and in 200 years everyone in this country is going to have a slight chink to their face because we let it happen.

I blame whitey. You had it all by the balls and let a bunch of hairy arm-pitted lesbians, fat soccer moms and uppities take it all away from you.
They didn't take it. The people in charge gave it to them to turn the masses against one another and focus on the wrong enemies.
 

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Josh_R

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No.

Do you ever wonder why you are meeting so many young, effeminate boys?

Do you mean figuratively or literally?

:action-sm
Haha, I knew that question would come back to haunt me. I have a 15 y/o cousin. ALL of the boys she hangs with are sissies.
 

LiddyRules

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Haha, I knew that question would come back to haunt me. I have a 15 y/o cousin. ALL of the boys she hangs with are sissies.
Why are you hanging out with your cousin so much?
 

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Speaking as a married man, you gotta be out of your fucking mind to get married.

I love my wife, but I would never do this again.
This, this, this, this, this, this, motherfucking this. I love my wife and plan to die with her at my side, but if she was gone tomorrow from either death or just running off, I would NEVER fucking get married again.
 

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This, this, this, this, this, this, motherfucking this. I love my wife and plan to die with her at my side, but if she was gone tomorrow from either death or just running off, I would NEVER fucking get married again.

So I gotta ask: why'd you guys do it in the first place?