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November 15, 2013
Since the beginning of human civilization, men have been the dominant sex. But now, for the first time, a host of indicators suggest that women are not only achieving equality with men but are fast emerging as the more successful sex of the species. Whether in education, employment, personal health or child rearing, statistics point to a rise in the status and power of women at home, in the workplace, and in traditional male bastions such as politics. But are men, and the age-old power structures associated with “maleness,” permanently in decline? Or do men still retain significant control over the workplace, the family and society at large, including women? In sum, where are the sexes headed in the 21st century?
To find out, the Munk Debates will move the motion: be it resolved men are obsolete...
PRO gains 28%. PRO wins
“Women are not just catching up anymore; they are becoming the standard by which success is measured.”
“So now that women don’t need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is, ‘You know we need you in the way we need ice cream — you’ll be more ornamental.’ ”
“One of the first rules of any useful kind of feminism is to politely but firmly say "Not today, dear," to any woman quacking on about how men are the enemy.”
“Feminism was always wrong to pretend that women could ‘have it all.’ It is not male society but mother nature who lays the heaviest burden on woman.”
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In the introduction to this debate, the moderator describes the decline of men, in part, as the presence of women in “once all male bastions such as politics and business.”
Be it resolved that men are obsolete. That was the question last week at a high spirited edition of Toronto’s celebrated Munk Debates. Hanna Rosin and Maureen Dowd said, “OMG Yes!” Camille Paglia and Caitlin Moran: "No way!"
This was a stirring, fun debate, and I was surprised at how little true disagreement there was between the two sides. Pretty quickly the conversation coalesced into an elegy for the working man...
The debaters were witty and articulate, but their claims were often contradictory. While the audience may have had fun, they received little accurate information.
September 17, 2013
Hanna Rosin, Maureen Dowd, Caitlin Moran, and Camille Paglia convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate gender relations in the 21st century.