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Gender in the 21st Century

Be it resolved men are obsolete…

 

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...

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16% Pro 84% Con

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44% Pro 56% Con

PRO gains 28%. PRO wins

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Pro

Hanna Rosin

“Women are not just catching up anymore; they are becoming the standard by which success is measured.”

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Maureen Dowd

“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.’ ”

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Con

Caitlin Moran

“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.”

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Camille Paglia

“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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