Deep breaths, gentlemen– all isn’t lost quite yet. But according to a recent piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks, the role of men in society, especially in education and in the workforce, is rapidly diminishing; while women on the other hand continue to make strides in reshaping the economy, politics and the world.
Brooks’ column outlines a few statistical reasons why men are falling behind. Along with lagging academic performance, men are dropping out of the workforce. And while they still dominate the top of the corporate ladder, women are pressing for social change so they, too, can have it all.
However, the heart of the matter lies in a book by Hanna Rosin titled “The End of Men: And the Rise of Women,” which Brooks cites in his column as containing a key theory that explains why men are failing: adaptability.
Watch the following video from the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue as Slate editor David Plotz joined Rosin to discuss her investigations on the dramatic shift between men and women at every level of society and why men must learn to adapt.