In 2012, Hanna Rosin authored The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. It covers topics like men’s rising unemployment relative to women’s, men falling behind women in education, how women are coming to dominate once all-male spaces like the pharmaceutical industry. One chapter is called “The New American Matriarchy.” The book’s theme is that the era of male dominance has come to an end, paving the way for women’s ascent.
In March 2013 there was a piece on Slate that was like a follow-up. In it, she responds to some critics and mentions someone yelling about “THE PATRIARCHY” at an event. Rosin discusses young women and gently suggests: “Maybe feminism is a term too freighted with history and it’s time to move on.“
Initially there was a provocative title: “Is It Time To Forget About Feminism?” (shown in the image below). Shortly after, it was changed to the more mundane: “Marissa Mayer Thinks Feminists Are a Drag. Is She Right?” I’m pretty sure this piece didn’t register on people’s radar more than anything else on Slate that day.
This month marks the one year anniversary of The End of Men’s publication, and there’s a new paperback edition with a new epilogue. A Slate piece on 9//11 by Hanna Rosin was “adapted” from it.
If you look at the piece from March and the one from 9/11, they overlap and make many of the same points. However, the one from 9/11 nixed the subtlety and was titled: “The Patriarchy Is Dead.” (Subtitled: “Feminists, accept it.”)
This time there was a backlash. Jessica Valenti and Jill Flipovic shot back via twitter (shown below). A hashtag, ’#RIPpatriarchy’, was popularized. Blogs retorted or scoffed, as in The Nation, The New Republic, NYMag.com’s The Cut and Jezebel.
As a timely coincidence, a men’s rights podcast this week was about feminism having a metaphorical “pimp hand” when it comes to detractors. In the promotion by Typhon Blue it says, “if you refuse to be feminism’s… [sex worker], watch out for their pimp hand!”
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