It's Always the Man's Fault

November 2005By Jeffrey R. Jackson

Jeffrey R. Jackson is a 2003 graduate of Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Political Science.

There is a particular understanding of the so-called gender wars that has been imparted to this society's collective psyche -- that women are angelic victims who are oppressed by men, their perpetual abusers. As such, women of recent generations have been brought up to "empower" and "assert" themselves against our "patriarchy," from which they strive to be independent by adopting masculine, competitive ways. At the same time, the men of these same generations have been raised to be less assertive and more sensitive -- in other words, feminized -- all in the interest of achieving "gender balance" or equality. As we are all aware, society has not been the same since.

Sometime last fall I came across a book review by noted syndicated columnist Paul Craig Roberts, which began, "According to Peggy Noonan, 'to be a man in this world is not easy.'" The piece continued by introducing the recent work of Richard T. Hise, a Professor of Marketing at Texas A&M University, who in 2004 had published his book, The War Against Men (Red Anvil Press, As Roberts put it, "The war against men is real. It requires men to exercise care in choosing an occupation and in choosing a woman [to marry].... Hise cites statistics that indicate women today in their attitudes and roles are more like men. The complementary pairing of the two genders has broken down, making successful marriages increasingly rare. Women aren't men's life partners, but rivals favored by law."

I then read Hise's book. It is influenced by his Southern Baptist faith, and he is a staunch believer in traditional gender roles. But this work is not a polemic on why women should not work outside the home; instead it focuses on discrimination against men, which has resulted in a societal decline on a number of fronts, including: the economic, in which Hise presents evidence that female-led corporations disproportionately under-perform; the military, where female matriculation into certain areas has diminished its effectiveness; the political, in which women are more apt to support a liberal platform; health care, where women receive better treatment and more funding for their research (not to mention live longer) -- among other areas.

Perhaps most startling is that women are on the threshold of dominating most higher education and professional preparatory programs. Already 60 percent of college students are women. Hiring and wage trends also favor women. So where does this leave the young men of America?

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Good essay. Parish priests need to start making hard judgements period. Seminaries need to start making hard judgements. 30-60% of American priests being gay or having tendencies or whatever (it's all toleration of great evil) is absolutely unacceptable. I could understand a range around 5% maybe, but not any higher, that's appalling. The emasculation of our American dioceses (and our entire priesthood) and of the Church in Europe needs to end, and end now. Do we just not read the difficult parts of the Bible anymore? Saint Paul wasn't just writing those letters because he liked the look of his own penmanship. Posted by: JarrodAugustine
September 09, 2006 05:59 PM EDT
This is soooo true! As a highly educated woman and former professional (CPA) who now homeschools 2 kids, I have had to wage an enormous interior battle against the feminist ideas that I learned as a child! After thinking for years that my traditional mom was merely a doormat and servant to my father, I finally saw the truth...that their relationship was truely happy, based on mutual respect, and more closely resembled "50/50" than most marriages today!! In adopting a more humble attitude, and in not having to "win" all the time, I am happier now than the day I got married (and I think my husband would say he is too). When I'm tempted to explode or take control I simply say to myself.."What would Mary do???" Posted by: rpkammerer
September 25, 2007 10:31 AM EDT
Great article. However, I would take issue with the assessment of Scott Hann's account of the fall. In traditional theology it was Adam's place as head of humanity that made his sin the worse and ultimately responsible for the fall of all humanity. Protecting Eve is not the fundamental reason for his greater sin, although it does play some part in it. Rather it is his role as leader and head of Eve and of all humanity that made the eating of the forbidden fruit the Original Sin. Posted by: eutrapelia
April 30, 2010 11:11 AM EDT
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