Monday, September 20, 2010

The End of Men

"Machos have had their best time"!
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. These are the first sentences of an article in my weekly magazine of September 7.
It quotes an article that appeared last July in The Atlantic Magazine.

Now mothers say: We want a girl!.
These mothers look at their lives and think their daughters will have a bright future their mother and *grandmother didn’t have, brighter than their sons, even, so why wouldn’t they choose a girl?”
What a privilege those girls have. I really envy them a little.
They are the lucky ones. What a great future they have, I wish them all success!
That they may conquer their place in society!
I would say -- go for it girls!

PS: *I'm also a grandmother.

I still want to add: I had written this post in draft before I'd read Jeannie's exceptional beautiful story.
Actually hindsight seen I find this post is a complement to her story.
It shows what previous brave generations of women have achieved with their battle for the equality between men and women.
Probably the courageous old lady in Jeannie's story wasn't in the possibility to study when she was young.
Now her dream came true!
It's only so unfortunately that she couldn't enjoy it long.


  1. Very nice!

    I have two daughters, who were both born in Austria, where we lived for a time. Each time one was born, some neighbor or faint acquaintance would ask, when peering into the baby-buggy, whether it was a girl or boy. The first time the response to my telling them it was a girl was something like, "...better luck next time!". The next time it was ".. at least it is healthy!"

    I suppose things have also changed now somewhat there; this was nearly 20 years ago!

    The story about the elderly woman who went to college and her speech to the younger people was also very heartening. Thank you for posting these!


  2. Luckily you have now two girls with a bright future -t-:)
    We may be lucky that we don't live in India.
    It really makes me furious when I read this
    I doubt if it will ever change there. I really have to do with these women.:(

  3. Great post Fran! I'm seeing my nieces be able to do things that I was never ever encouraged to do. It's a shame that women have to fight so hard for the basics!!

    Other cultures and women's position in them are so ingrained that I don't know if they'll ever know anything different. We can hope but have you ever noticed that when a woman fights for what is right she gets labeled a (female dog)? I've never been able to figure that one out.

    And THANK YOU for mentioning my post :)

  4. Yes Jeannie, I think that many of us notice it all around us that when a woman comes up for her rights they give her the stamp of being a “*female dog”. Here they call *it: a Macho wife, or a woman that behaves like a man.
    Not so long ago I saw on TV a hospital realty series. In the hospital a nurse asked an older ill man whether he was allergic to some kind of medication and his answer was: “no – I'm only allergic to nagging women”. The nurse reacted on his answer with only just a faint smile. Oh – he really was proud at himself! That shows how some older men think about women. They may not nag, they only may be sweet or nice.
    Luckily the younger generation evolves to the good direction, goes very slowly.:(