Suzanne Fields

Alas, in the era of Facebook, twitters and blogs, a weekly newsmagazine is an anachronism. Visit any dentist's waiting room, and you're more likely to find patients reading smartphones or watching cable news than reading a magazine. If you're looking for a breakthrough story, you won't find it. After focusing on all those women, there should be a take on the way men reacted to women's changes by becoming "the second sex."

Kay Hymowitz puts it plaintively, "Where have the good men gone?" In her new book, "Manning Up," she writes about how men who should be adults are instead flourishing in a limbo of extended post-puberty frat boys, dudes, geeks and hipsters. She gives voice to what I hear single women from their 20s through their 50s lament in a repetitious refrain: Men are panicked about taking on responsibility.

The birth control pill, freeing sexual restraint, along with feminism and expanded opportunities for women, are cited as some of the reasons. The knowledge and service industries favor the female sensibility, so men have become the Rodney Dangerfields of the culture who can only complain, accurately, "I don't get no respect."

Unfortunately, many don't deserve respect. Having tasted independence and reveling in the fact that they aren't the ones biologically programmed to have children before 40, they're wait-listed for adulthood.

Young women are not only getting better grades in high school and more degrees in college than men, they seek role models among the energetically ambitious. Young men prefer their beer, electronic games, "South Park" and finding a role model in Adam Sandler movies. The recession hasn't helped.

Where women have moved up, provider husbands have become endangered. Fifteen years ago, Newsweek lamented the paranoia of the white male as multiculturalism and feminism moved into the ascendancy. He was mocked as the dumbest person in the room.

It wasn't fair, but Newsweek was onto a trend. The story that the new Newsweek missed is that until men are equal partners in the human race again, they're less secure and less interesting. That's something for Tina and her editors to talk about.


Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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