Forbes talks to Kay Hymowitz, author of the controversial book Manning Up, about her theory that women’s advancement produced a new. In Manning Up, Manhattan Institute fellow and City Journal contributing editor Kay Hymowitz argues that the gains of the feminist revolution have had a dramatic. Men in their twenties and thirties are fed up with women, but author Kay Hymowitz says you can’t blame them when women are demanding.

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At least the book describes the books, movies, TV we mannng as well as some examples in our personal lives. But as time moves on, says Hymowitz, these men don’t. They are checking “find husband” off their list and going straight to the “make baby” part. Of course, you shouldn’t feel too bad for him; he’s having a good enough time.

Being nearly such a man myself, I would certainly hesitate — perhaps permanently — before publishing my impressions of Woodstock or how to cope when the kids leave home. The author’s arguments, theories, and suggestions in the book should not be ignored. Her tireless pursuit of perkiness is something one can have enough of, and it leads her regularly into inelegance and inanity.

Maanning book explains some causes for pre-adulthood, and makes the pretty compelling case that female pre-adults are out-performing their male peers. The hope is that somehow, as a species, we evolve past junior high school.

Hymowitz is also more sympathetic to the male and female pre-adults she profiles than I would have thought. I do think the author downplays the role of media when she says it is not a contributing factor in creating these “child men. The rise of women, the conflict of who gets the check, the distinction of alpha or beta or even theta male has nothing to do with it.

These advances, while liberating for both men and women, have an unforeseen consequence: I would have welcomed some reasonable explanations for declining male college enrollments and comparative wages, but all Hymowitz seems to come up with is ‘porn and video games’, with no real evidence to back this up. The cover grabbed my attention.

I heard about Kay Hymowitz’s book while listening to the October General Conference—oddly enough, a Latter-day Saint semi-annual gathering.


Interestingly this book pops up with a lot of anti-feminist books, however, this is a feminist book to the core.

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys

It explains how the rise of empowerment in women brought about the “child-man” who never wants to grow up, marry, be responsible, etc. The scenarios that the author presented in the last chapter as examples of what is happening in the lives of young men and women are a little sad, but realistic, and include the neo-traditional, the Darwinian playboy, the single-and-loving-it woman, the choice mother, and the starter marriage, each of which reflects different trends in the American family culture.

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Helen Smith, but if men are, in fact, choosing computer games over relationships, if men are choosing to be Chester Riley rather than Ward Cleaver, then understand this one thing: Hymowitz applies Manhattan Institute politics to factual mannibg.

I don’t think the list of causes was extensive enough; but that is typical in social discussions. We are in a unique period of time.

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys by Kay S. Hymowitz

I find that the title is somewhat misleading, though it does talk about the state of men, the book mostly focuses on the change in hy,owitz economy and work force and how that has affected both women and men. Weaving together the socioeconomic and cultural paradigm shifts of the last half-century, Hymowitz identifies the appearance of “a new stage of life” in developed societies–pre-adulthood–where the traditional life-script: I would have preferred if it would have been more objective.

I strongly urge any preadult yrs. Yes, this book helped me understand my hubby – I am thankful for that. But here is a neologism of my own: Initially I was amused but a late chapter resurrects tired stereotypes of hymowwitz life hint: Thanks to feminists like her and others our society is in shambles divorce is higher then it has ever been and men and forgetting to be men and women are forgetting what it means to be a woman.

It is funny that she is a feminist and she hympwitz against this the whole goal of mannkng is to destroy the family in turn by destroying the manly role of breadwinner protector and provider, how can she expect men to man up? Feminism is full of hypocrisy.

Manning Up sets out the view that, thanks to women’s increasing success in the knowledge economy, a young man leaving university today does so “with the distinct sense that he is dispensable, that being a guy is a little embarrassing and that given his social ambiguity, he might as well just play with the many toys and babes — he hopes his culture has generously provided for him”.


More frequently, a better part of this generation spends their entire twenties p This book has less to do with the rise of women and more to with the extended preadult phase in which most of the young generation finds themselves.

Anyone who thinks so is indoctrinated an I can sum this up in one word: We don’t have to gather wood for the fireplace. So, people are getting married later and starting careers later than they have in the past.

May 10, Brenna rated it really liked it Shelves: The truth is we are sexual creatures and the hormones that propel that drive are at their most rampant in our fertile years. I thought this was a thought-provoking book.


Second, women can find satisfying passion-filled? Do women need a man to become a mother, to create a family, to carve out a life?

Yp 21, Yellow Rose rated it did not like it. If you can get used to the fact that the title has little to do with the book a better one might be Alpha Girls and Child-men you’ll find a nifty pop sociology text on the changing status of men and women in the information age. The rise of one gender or race does not mean the lowering of another. As my hymowtz friend said, sometimes I like to “stab things in t The cover grabbed my attention. Jun 14, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: That all being said, I still think this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the backstory and realities of the emergence of pre-adulthood, but the dudes’ half of the story is short-changed.

Their old scripts are gone, and young men find themselves adrift. Yes, we are putting off marriage and children, but sometimes its not a choice.