The End of Men

Why Wouldn’t You Choose A Girl?

As American soul-singer James Brown has told us, “this is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Perhaps he was reading this month’s Atlantic cover story on “The End of Men.

In the economies of the world at the turn of the century, women are surpassing men in education and overall leadership positions in the workforce. Furthermore, couples are beginning to show a preference for having baby girls as opposed to boys. As industries change over and social stigmas break down, women are emerging from their status as second-class citizens as the centerpiece of developing societies in the eyes of many developing nations, according to Hana Rosin’s article.

Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But for the first time in human history, that is changing—and with shocking speed. Cultural and economic changes always reinforce each other. And the global economy is evolving in a way that is eroding the historical preference for male children, worldwide.

Perhaps Mr. Brown needs to change his lyrics around.

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