Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Men won't grow up?

Are male 20-somethings living an extended adolescence?

That's the question surrounding an essay that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It's adapted from an upcoming book, "Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys."

An excerpt:

It's been an almost universal rule of civilization that girls became women simply by reaching physical maturity, but boys had to pass a test. They needed to demonstrate courage, physical prowess or mastery of the necessary skills.

The goal was to prove their competence as protectors and providers. Today, however, with women moving ahead in our advanced economy, husbands and fathers are now optional, and the qualities of character men once needed to play their roles—fortitude, stoicism, courage, fidelity—are obsolete, even a little embarrassing.

Agree or disagree?

(via Double X)