Monday Morning Musing: The End of Men
Last month there was an article in The Atlantic that dealt with the increasing education gap between women and men (yes, those are in the right order) and what effect it might have on the world going forward.
The interesting part to me was the implication that mens’ advantage in starting salary out of High School ($32,000 to $25,000), could lead to a fundamental change in the balance of power between the sexes. I would blame this more on differences in physical strength and stamina than discrimination, but it almost doesn’t matter where it comes from, the bottom line is women have a higher incentive to go to school than men do. Add to the starting salary difference the shift toward valuing specialized (re: educated) individuals and the de-emphasis on children from alternative lifestyles and birth control and the storm gets even more perfect. One wonders if you don’t have a mix where by the end of the 21st century men will be the weaker sex. We could end up discriminated against for our physical prowess in much the same way that women have traditionally been discriminated against for child bearing. Perhaps “It just makes sense for the mother to be the care taker” is to the end of the 20th century as “Men are mostly useful for the tasks that don’t require a female’s education” is to the end of the 21st.