I am Hanna Rosin, author of “The End of Men." AMA (self.IAmA)

IAmA

62 ups - 50 downs = 12 votes

I’m Hanna Rosin, a writer for the Atlantic and an editor at Slate. I wrote [The End of Men] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594488045/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1594488045&linkCode=as2&tag=slatmaga-20) because I hate men. I really do. Of course I'm just saying that so that any angry redditors out there won't have to! (Who am I kidding, they're going to say it anyway.)

I host Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest with Allison Benedikt and Noreen Malone. We’re doing a live show in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13 with Slate’s Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe.

In my writing and podcasts, I’ve expressed my hatred of breastfeeding Nazis, my love of boxing, and my bafflement at arduinos. I have lots of opinions, but I’m not all that ideological, and my favorite stories I’ve written are the ones with the least bombast.

I also wrote a book about Patrick Henry College, a school full of evangelical Christians trained to rule the world (including one former Miss America). I have never been chosen as Miss America or even Miss Delaware.

I will be happy to answer questions about either half of our species; my husband David’s feelings about my book; my sons’ feelings about my book; DoubleX; my current favorite show, Nashville; breastfeeding; or anything else. Except arduinos.

138 comments submitted at 17:55:08 on Jan 29, 2013 by HannaRosin

  • [-]
  • analt223
  • 42 Points
  • 18:05:45, 29 January

Do you think the lack of men going to college (in general) is as big of a problem as the lack of women in S.T.E.M. fields?

  • [-]
  • Irrelevant_Tosser
  • 15 Points
  • 18:20:22, 29 January

It may sound silly, but I am totally serious about these questions:

  • Would you say that the emerging sexual robot technology will hurt or help even out the male-female dynamic?

  • If people could get sex from a robot and be able to get exactly what they want out of a relationship instead of having to deal with the power dynamics and inherent risks that come from a real relationship, do you think that it would even the playing field for real relationships when they do occur?

  • Would such robots reduce the number of abusive relationships and provide for a safer alternative?

Edit: Forgot a word.

  • [-]
  • DancesWithPoultry
  • 22 Points
  • 18:10:26, 29 January

Hanna,

What should be done to get boys and men on par with women who as you claim are dominating?

  • [-]
  • tossnear
  • 31 Points
  • 18:04:25, 29 January

Hanna, why is it that more than 90% of STEM college students are male?

You make a big deal about the amount of women pursuing post-secondary education in your article The End of Men, but you don't adress this issue. The discrepancies between a STEM degree and, let's say, a Women's Studies degree, are huge.

Thanks!

  • [-]
  • HannaRosin
  • 3 Points
  • 18:23:15, 29 January

Excellent point, but I dont think its a choice between STEM or feminist studies. The good news for men is, STEM fields are hugely important and men dominate those fields. When I wrote about the men in Alabama, a few of them remade themselves as networks analysts, which is a great job and doesnt violate anyone's sense of manliness. So that's all good. But for women the dominant fields include: accounting, medicine, law, health care.

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  • nerdologist
  • 7 Points
  • 18:24:41, 29 January

Are you saying that STEM fields are just for men, and there are other -- equally good -- fields that are for women?

  • [-]
  • JoshuaRosenberg
  • 2 Points
  • 18:24:20, 29 January

"So that's all good. But for women the dominant fields include: accounting, medicine, law, health care."

This is a joke right?

  • [-]
  • pocketknifeMT
  • 1 Points
  • 18:25:47, 29 January

No. It's not. That's an accurate statement.

  • [-]
  • nerdologist
  • 5 Points
  • 18:28:29, 29 January

Accurate? That it is "all good" or that women predominantly go into those fields?

  • [-]
  • JoshuaRosenberg
  • 6 Points
  • 18:27:07, 29 January

I'm crying with laughter. Thank you.

  • [-]
  • pocketknifeMT
  • 2 Points
  • 18:40:52, 29 January

Well...here is the employment data. I suggest you stop laughing long enough to examine it.

  • [-]
  • PaulIsclosed
  • 3 Points
  • 18:39:35, 29 January

The percentage of women in J.D enrolment is still less than 50% and the percentage of women who are law partners is less than 20%. Please explain how this is, if women are dominant in the field of law?

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  • [deleted]
  • 3 Points
  • 18:27:29, 29 January

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  • DaniDareDevil
  • 8 Points
  • 18:31:28, 29 January

A big part of her book "The End of Men" has to do with the fact that men seem to be having a hard time with the idea of masculinity, or yeah, "sense of manliness." The men she interviewed feel emasculated by a wife/girlfriend who is making more money, or having to find a job that society doesn't deem "masculine enough" such as caretaker roles that used to be traditionally done by women, which is what she's talking about here from what I can tell.

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  • [deleted]
  • 2 Points
  • 18:28:47, 29 January

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  • [-]
  • Put_It_In_H
  • 7 Points
  • 18:31:56, 29 January

Law is not a major.

  • [-]
  • RaleighMiller
  • 2 Points
  • 18:39:48, 29 January

Fields. Not majors.

  • [-]
  • Learned_Hand_01
  • 8 Points
  • 18:15:49, 29 January

Does it bother the writers at Slate that headlines so often misrepresent the content of the articles? People who comment over there are fairly uniform in their assessment of the headlines as useless and unhelpful.

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  • PurpleHyacinth
  • 5 Points
  • 18:18:36, 29 January

After reading your original article I wanted to ask you, do you think that instead of men being finished, it's possible that manufacturing is finished because of Globalization? How much of the "man-cession" do you think was caused by the wage gap?

  • [-]
  • LucasTrask
  • 16 Points
  • 18:18:36, 29 January

Hanna, do you defend the $.77 to $1.00 "wage gap" numbers that are often cited. Or do you agree that when comparing equal work, equal hours, and equal risk, then the number is more nearly $.95 to $1.00?

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  • blithetorrent
  • 23 Points
  • 18:10:19, 29 January

If men are "ending" as you say, falling behind, falling apart, resistant to change, then don't they need their own outlets? Can you justify the absence of an XY column on Slate?

  • [-]
  • IChangeTenses
  • 25 Points
  • 18:00:25, 29 January

Thanks for doing this AMA, I have a long list of questions:

1) What inspired you to investigate "The end of men?"

2) What do you think should be done to help men?

3) What are your thoughts on the mens rights movement, and feminism?

4) If women are dominating the modern marketplace, what are there still affirmative action like program that are further increasing this dominance?

5) Why aren't women rising in engineering fields, scientific fields, computer science and especially the most dangerous jobs (waste collection, water treatment, manual labor, oil drilling, mining, agriculture, etc). If you could also go into the "Wage gap" in regards to this question, that would be great.

6) In "Boys on the Side" you speak positively of hookup culture as a sign of female empowerment. However, the first generation of women to embrace hookup culture in their late teens and early 20's, are now in their late 20's and early thirties. Many of them are regretful, desirous of a long-term commitment, and feel there are few good options of available men left on the market. Are you concerned that enthusiastic promotion of hookup culture will lead to more regretful and lonely women?

7) Please explain the legitimacy and reasoning behind the extreme law enforcement and sentencing disparities between men and women committing the same crimes but men receiving much harsher treatment.

8) Please explain why there are no consequences when women default in child support and that their default rate is over 80% and men are, largely, compliant but no collection efforts are made to enforce those orders against women?

9) Why do women businesses deserve money from the government on the sole reason that a woman runs it?

10) The shift in the family structure in the US is significant not just because it hurts/helps one gender of adults, but it affects the next generation. Babies born to unwed mothers is nearing 50% rate today. What is the impact going to be on them? What are feminists concerned with regarding this issue?

  • [-]
  • HannaRosin
  • 2 Points
  • 18:09:32, 29 January

So many subquestions here! I think the general gist is, why, if women are doing so well, aren't we reaching out and helping men? I think the answer is that we as a society think that's weird. We have a hard time thinking of men as people who need help. So, for example, in my education chapter, I write about the open secret among admissions officers at private colleges that men get affirmative action, but also about how we are so squeamish about acknowledging that. So there are a ton of things we could do to help men but maybe men have to band together and advocate for some of those things, and not solely in the context of divorce and the law

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  • IChangeTenses
  • 15 Points
  • 18:17:12, 29 January

That doesn't really answer any of my questions. Could you please answer at least a few of my questions directly, instead of some vague general response that you've stated loads of times in your other works. I'm interested what you have to say, but only if it's not some loaded answer.

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  • imbignate
  • 13 Points
  • 18:12:37, 29 January

>So there are a ton of things we could do to help men but maybe men have to band together and advocate for some of those things, and not solely in the context of divorce and the law

Does this mean you would support the formation of Men's groups on college campuses and high schools to promote furthering education of men and attempt to stem the academic decline of men from every walk of life? How can men's groups organize when society labels them as misogynist as a knee-jerk reaction?

  • [-]
  • DancesWithPoultry
  • 11 Points
  • 18:13:07, 29 January

Can you please also address some of the OPs other questions in detail?

  • [-]
  • imbignate
  • 8 Points
  • 18:20:12, 29 January

...

  • [-]
  • Octagonecologyst
  • 1 Points
  • 18:41:22, 29 January

Hanna technically is the 'OP'. Besides, I don't think she gets silly internet lingo like that.

  • [-]
  • bitingbeaver
  • 4 Points
  • 18:13:47, 29 January

Or maybe that's just bullshit

  • [-]
  • IChangeTenses
  • 8 Points
  • 18:17:35, 29 January

Yeah, that response was beyond disappointing.

  • [-]
  • FedorsMum
  • 3 Points
  • 18:30:32, 29 January

Why cant you answer legitimate questions in a direct and honest manner, Mrs Rosin.

  • [-]
  • inquisitive872
  • 18 Points
  • 18:08:22, 29 January

What do you think of the men's rights movement? Do you think its concerns have basis with your thesis?

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  • TLinden31
  • 12 Points
  • 18:03:56, 29 January

Hi, and thanks for doing the AMA. Why do you feel the Atlantic editors are so interested in articles that have to do with the "end of men", etc.? Do they push you to write articles that will get the internet excited and by having opening lines about "snowblowing"?

Edit: Here is the opening line from the article in question:

"The porn pic being passed around on the students’ cellphones at an Ivy League business-school party last fall was more prank than smut: a woman in a wool pom-pom hat giving a snowman with a snow penis a blow job."

  • [-]
  • HannaRosin
  • -1 Points
  • 18:14:03, 29 January

"Snowblowing" is all mine, I'm afraid. That's an excerpt from my book, so they had very little to do with it: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/09/boys-on-the-side/309062/

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  • TLinden31
  • 6 Points
  • 18:17:49, 29 January

Yes, but I was wondering if you feel that the Atlantic editors seem to focus on articles with that type of writing style/attention grabbing content.

  • [-]
  • mambypambyland
  • 19 Points
  • 18:00:42, 29 January

Hi Hanna. A recent news story is that women will be allowed to serve on the front lines alongside men in wars for America. My question is:

Do you believe that women should serve on the front line beside men? And if so should they be required to have the same physical standards to join as men?

EDIT: Another question...Do you believe women should be required to sign up for selective service? Up to now this has only been a male privilege.

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  • HannaRosin
  • 5 Points
  • 18:27:38, 29 January

Yes and yes. The fact is, women have been fighting and dying alongside men, so this is merely an official acknowledgment of that. Fire departments went through this transition some years ago. They were reluctant to admit women, but insisted they meet the same standards. Then they kept upping the standards for physical strength. Fire departments are still mostly male, you will notice. But why shouldnt the women who do meet the standards be allowed in? Ideas about cohesion and bonding no longer seem all that relevant, because we live in a world where men and women work on teams together all the time.

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  • blithetorrent
  • 11 Points
  • 18:29:21, 29 January

Please, answer! Do you believe women should be required to sign up for selective service? Up to now this has only been a male privilege.

  • [-]
  • DancesWithPoultry
  • 9 Points
  • 18:33:36, 29 January

Really disappointed with this AMA. She's ignoring and skipping a lot of relevant questions.

  • [-]
  • FedorsMum
  • 2 Points
  • 18:36:45, 29 January

'She's ignoring and skipping a lot of relevant questions.'

I agree.

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  • tobiasfuck
  • 2 Points
  • 18:42:28, 29 January

She's ignoring and skipping a lot of misogynistic questions. Duh, check your privilege at the door.

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  • itsthedraftstupid
  • 1 Points
  • 18:37:21, 29 January

I don't know if registering for selective service can be considered a privilege when it it is enforced through threat of fine and imprisonment...

  • [-]
  • blithetorrent
  • 4 Points
  • 18:39:25, 29 January

Sarcasm, dimwit. Nobody in their right mind would call being drafted a privilege. That's the point. Feminists want Equality, but not, you know, Equality.

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  • betamcnotalpha
  • 3 Points
  • 18:37:57, 29 January

Were talking about the draft and shit, Like bullets wizzing by your head, flying choppers. Doing deckwork. Yeah know Actual fighting. not fucking fires.

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  • JoopJoopSound
  • 2 Points
  • 18:33:56, 29 January

Most citizens would not call dying in war a privilege. In fact, it's one of the areas in which men are discriminated against. Men comprise 95% of workplace deaths without including the military because men doing the dangerous work is a gender role that is still enforced by society.

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  • OuiCrudites
  • 15 Points
  • 18:04:14, 29 January

Dear Mrs. Rosin:

In "Boys on the Side" you speak positively of hookup culture as a sign of female empowerment. However, the first generation of women to embrace hookup culture in their late teens and early 20's, are now in their late 20's and early thirties. Many of them are regretful, desirous of a long-term commitment, and feel there are sparse few good options of available men left on the market. Are you concerned that enthusiastic promotion of hookup culture will lead to more regretful and lonely women?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today.

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  • HannaRosin
  • 2 Points
  • 18:20:41, 29 January

I think it's really easy to tune into the heartbreak of a 35 year old woman or man for whom a good relationship has been elusive. I think no matter what we say we all want to love and be loved. But if you think of the hook up culture as something that happens in college, the fact is, most college graduates end up married, and in stable and relatively happy marriages. So I dont think there is much evidence that hook up culture leads to loneliness. One other thing: I don't "endorse" it. I just get tired of hearing how it destroys women. Joan Didion once complained about certain strains of the feminist movement perpetuating a vision of women as “creatures too ‘tender’ for the abrasiveness of daily life, too fragile for the streets... too ‘sensitive’ for the difficulties and ambiguities of adult life.”

So, yes, there is heartbreak but there is also a lot women gain from their independence.

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  • tobiasfuck
  • 4 Points
  • 18:25:32, 29 January

Yeah, they gain a child, and state enforced financial support from a man. That is unless they can dupe the poor schmo into marrying them.

  • [-]
  • blithetorrent
  • 24 Points
  • 18:06:17, 29 January

I find it hard to understand the somewhat triumphant tone of books like yours outlining the shortcomings of men, which according to you are so widespread you feel they deserve the derogative descriptor "carboard", when you apparently won't acknowledge the vast technological world of innovation and manufacturing in the midst of which you're living you life (fairly comfortably, I'd assume)—an entire ecosystem that's almost exclusively the product of male drive, male ingenuity. If men aren't adaptable to working in cubicles for low pay, talking on the phone and changing bedpans, are women adaptable to high-rise construction jobs, jobs in masonry, welding, auto repair, software engineering… I could go on all day. Which sex truly deserves the unadaptable label, I wonder? (suggestion: How about neither?)

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  • shifty_sam
  • 3 Points
  • 18:21:00, 29 January

What have you seen in marriages where partners try really hard to have everything "equal" (equal time with kids, housework, equal career opportunities, etc.), but the wife makes a lot more money? That's a variable that cannot be changed.

  • [-]
  • HannaRosin
  • 5 Points
  • 18:41:02, 29 January

I did survey in Slate of couples where the woman earns more, and reported some of my results here: http://www.slate.com/articles/doublex/doublex/2012/09/breadwinnerwiveswhenthewomenmakemoremoneywhoholdsthepower_.html. When I interviewed couples I came across the whole range of reactions - resentful husbands, delighted husbands, and ditto for wives. One thing I found to be consistently true is that the wife almost never totally cedes the domestic sphere to the husband, even if she is making a lot more and the guy is a stay at hone dad. What does that mean? Women are control freaks? Society judges women harshly if they're not domestic enough? Not sure.

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  • ekrej
  • 3 Points
  • 18:28:22, 29 January

How do you feel about the government letting VAWA expire?

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  • Inouqye
  • 3 Points
  • 18:37:10, 29 January

How far ahead of men will us women need to be before we no longer feel the need for Affirmative Action?

  • [-]
  • FedorsMum
  • 28 Points
  • 18:10:28, 29 January

How do you feel about the popular perception that the feminist movement has been hi-jacked by women seeking to promote women's rights at the expense of those of men. In other words, that perception that gender egalitarianism has been abandoned in favor of a supremacist agenda.

What can gender egalitarians do to fight not only this perception but also those that hold supremacist beliefs regarding either gender especially those who would crassly use the cover that "feminism is about equality" while promoting non-egalitarian views?

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  • PaulIsclosed
  • 7 Points
  • 18:27:21, 29 January

Best question ever.

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  • acardboardduck
  • 1 Points
  • 18:44:02, 29 January

Which is why she won't answer it

  • [-]
  • FedorsMum
  • 2 Points
  • 18:42:19, 29 January

I came here with a open mind but Mrs Rosin has chosen to not answer any tough question. Which highlights to me the weaknesses and contradictions in her views.

  • [-]
  • blithetorrent
  • 3 Points
  • 18:30:17, 29 January

this

  • [-]
  • siaslial
  • -8 Points
  • 18:21:50, 29 January

lmao.

  • [-]
  • JoopJoopSound
  • 0 Points
  • 18:35:26, 29 January

A lot of women are sexist against men, and actually use the label of 'feminist' to avoid confrontation. Some people call them radical feminists, some people call them misandrists, others female supremacists.

They exist, and they give feminism a bad name. For example, the child molesters on radfemhub. You can't even talk about it on reddit without getting banned.

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  • tfdre
  • 18 Points
  • 18:19:17, 29 January

If women are really surpassing men in society as the description of your book says, then why does the word "men" appear in the title of your book before "women"?

Checkmate, Mrs. Rosin.

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  • JoopJoopSound
  • -9 Points
  • 18:28:01, 29 January

Historical order.

A much better question is why are people conditioned to search for and misrepresent abstract facets of their environment as sexist, a complete slighting of Hanlon's Razor?

If you don't like the title of the book, and I have not missed my mark and your post is not a joke with a missing sarcasm tag, then you are the kind of person who thinks we should rename manhole covers to personhole covers 'because sexism'.

  • [-]
  • JoshuaRosenberg
  • 20 Points
  • 18:07:27, 29 January

When will you advocate for the replacement of women in the draft instead of men, due to their obvious superiority?

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  • neilmock
  • 3 Points
  • 18:18:04, 29 January

Do you think the notion of gender equality as a percentage representation goal will end up clouding or hindering the overall moral imperative? In other words, is it possible representation rates will go up but systemic barriers to entry will remain?

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  • TLinden31
  • 4 Points
  • 18:25:04, 29 January

Having read a few of your articles, it seems your basic point is "many women are smart and talented and stuff and there are men like that, too, so we should calm down and let them be". And while I very much agree with that sentiment, I feel that by writing all these articles and books entitled "The End of Men" you are actually making it a big deal out of something that you feel is nothing. Any thoughts on that?

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  • NUMBERS2357
  • 7 Points
  • 18:03:46, 29 January

What do you think can/should be done to eliminate the gender gap in higher education?

Related, Obama recently made some comments about applying Title IX to STEM fields...do you think this is a good idea, and if so, what do you hope to see the administration do?

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  • HannaRosin
  • 1 Points
  • 18:12:47, 29 January

I'm fine with targeted affirmative action. You can fine tune affirmative action programs to pull in different kinds of people to different fields where they are underrepresented - so, men to teaching, women to engineering. Seems ok to me.

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  • imbignate
  • 11 Points
  • 18:16:49, 29 January

Do you feel that Title IX is the best way to do that? There already exist numerous scholarships for women in predominantly male fields, but few men-only scholarships in female fields. What sort of "targeted affirmative action" do you have in mind?

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  • KonDon
  • 4 Points
  • 18:18:14, 29 January

The only type of affirmative action that makes sense is economically based, if that.

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  • MyGogglesDoNothing
  • 13 Points
  • 18:16:09, 29 January

What is your take on the Men's Rights movement? Thanks in advance.

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  • gryphonlord
  • 15 Points
  • 18:11:49, 29 January

Why do you claim feminism is about equality when you're actively advocating that women are superior?

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  • JoopJoopSound
  • 3 Points
  • 18:36:55, 29 January

This is an idealistic oversimplification. She probably won't answer you because she is not 'actively advocating that women are superior'. She is saying that men are actually discriminated against in society more than women are, and that women now hold more privileges in society than men do.

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  • eliaspowers
  • 1 Points
  • 18:44:43, 29 January

It's bizarre that MRAs are being so hostile when she is so sympathetic to their thesis.

This whole thread is a weird mixture of male victimization and male triumphalism (see the very-upvoted comment about how men built society).

To me, these contradictions suggest that there is something else going on ideologically for a lot of MRAs (sexism being the obvious candidate.) And I say this as someone sympathetic to many of their concerns (e.g., circumcision, male disposability).

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  • MissCherryPi
  • 3 Points
  • 18:17:06, 29 January

Hi Hanna After seeing you in 2011 at Intelligence Squared's "Are Men Finished Debate" I really wanted to ask:

Do you think that instead of men being finished, it's more that traditional ideas about masculinity are finished?

If men are finished, how does that impact the feminist movement?

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  • JoopJoopSound
  • 8 Points
  • 18:24:29, 29 January

If women are dominating the modern marketplace the way she claims, then why are there still affirmative action-like programs to further increase this dominance?

Why too is there a violent rejection of establishing men's centers in order to aid the men who she says are falling behind?

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  • TLinden31
  • 10 Points
  • 18:12:26, 29 January

>I wrote The End of Men because I hate men. I really do. Of course I'm just saying that so that any angry redditors out there won't have to! (Who am I kidding, they're going to say it anyway.)

Ugh.

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  • DaniDareDevil
  • -3 Points
  • 18:26:17, 29 January

You do realize she doesn't actually hate men as a group, right? It was an attempt at humor. It's not going to go well, but it's an attempt. She's also trying to field all the "Why do you/feminists/women in general hate men?" questions.

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  • TLinden31
  • 3 Points
  • 18:34:23, 29 January

Yes, I very much understand that. (In fact, I agree with much of what she says and have read a bunch of her articles in the past year). But I still feel that that was a silly and unfunny comment to make.

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  • Octagonecologyst
  • 1 Points
  • 18:43:34, 29 January

>agree with much of what she says and have read a bunch of her articles in the past year

Haha - You're mouth breathing retard... and you don't even know it!

  • [-]
  • DaniDareDevil
  • 2 Points
  • 18:38:32, 29 January

Oh, I agree. Definitely not the joke to make with this group. Sorry, this AMA seems to be overcrowded by people who haven't bothered to read her articles or books, so I feel like doing a little to explain so people who don't have an agenda either way might understand where she's coming from.

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  • TLinden31
  • 1 Points
  • 18:42:55, 29 January

I agree. She doesn't seem to be helping her cause too much, however.

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  • blithetorrent
  • 3 Points
  • 18:35:24, 29 January

These aren't simple questions. They're about 90% very valid, and begging for answers.

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  • eliaspowers
  • 2 Points
  • 18:21:51, 29 January

Hi Hanna,

I have a question about the changing face of online journalism. Specifically, do you have any thoughts on whether/how small online journals are affecting the coverage and commentary of larger publications?

For example, I know Alexis Madrigal exchanges a lot of ideas with the people at Cyborgology. Is there a similar flow of ideas between DoubleX and smaller feminist publications? And how seriously did you take the N+1 essay on the Atlantic's coverage of women (if at all)?

More generally, do you think that the rise of independent online publications has been on the whole a good thing or bad thing for the industry?

Thank you.

  • [-]
  • CaptainApathy419
  • 2 Points
  • 18:27:50, 29 January

I loved "God's Harvard." Are you still in contact with the students and professors you profiled? How have they reacted to all the changes of the past few years - Obama, Tea Party, Occupy, etc.?

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  • siaslial
  • 3 Points
  • 18:33:15, 29 January

Why do you present 'men' and 'women' as homogenous groups of people, when in fact oppression faced by women of colour is different from privileged white women? Or male incarceration rates being higher among impoverished men of colour? Are these not relevant units of analysis?

Moreover, why are advancements made by women in education, employment, etc., being directly connected to problems men are facing in these fields? If men are facing crises in masculinity, should this not be attributed to the fucked up way we socialize our children into rigid gender roles? Why are these very valid and troubling issues instead about men being ~threatened~ by women doing shit and earning money?

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  • freedomfromlies
  • 14 Points
  • 18:04:56, 29 January

Thanks so much for doing this, Hanna. I want to ask what the best way to ensure my female child grows up with the advantages necessary to succeed in a woman-dominated economy. I've implemented some measures at home to try to manage gender equality, such as not breastfeeding my boy but only my girl, and I've had him circumcised to hopefully stave off any rampant or deviant sexual behavior. What other steps can a concerned mother take to turn the tide against this male-dominated society? Thanks again!

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  • bopoqod
  • -10 Points
  • 18:23:53, 29 January

I do hope you were being satirical.

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  • Lonely_Turret
  • 11 Points
  • 18:10:57, 29 January

Gender Equality was achieved 40 years ago, feminism is made to push women to the top above men, creating a system of sexism of men, based on far outdated reasoning. What do you think of this?

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  • redpillschool
  • 7 Points
  • 18:02:47, 29 January

Hi Hanna, thanks for doing this AMA. I agree that the tides are turning, and men are becoming less relevant in today's culture.

My question is this: Despite the fact that history and the forces at work dictated that men must become hunters and providers in the past, and that now with our relatively safe society women are no longer relegated to the same gender roles they were before.. why do you have to color this issue with the moral judgement (i.e. hate).

I see gender roles and sexual strategy as amoral. Why would you choose to hate when you can clearly see the genders as actors responding to an environment?

(Sarcasm meter here: the real question is, do you ascribe morality to this?)

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  • HannaRosin
  • -2 Points
  • 18:11:28, 29 January

Hate where? Who do I hate? It's not called, the End of Men, and Good Riddance!

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  • redpillschool
  • 2 Points
  • 18:29:25, 29 January

I was responding to your sarcastic remark that you hate men, the question is do you ascribe morality to the change?

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  • totallynotbb
  • -10 Points
  • 18:13:02, 29 January

Don't waste your time. FYI: /r/theredpill

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  • eliaspowers
  • -1 Points
  • 18:35:48, 29 January

Meta question: Did you expect this degree of hostility coming into the AMA? I assumed (correctly) that MRA would ambush the thread, but is that something you were prepared for?

I'd be interested in your thoughts on how things are going so far.

Also, I don't know how familiar you are with reddit, but please keep in mind that you are being besieged by a small subset of highly-ideological redditors rather than the reddit population in general where there is more ideological diversity.

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  • ultimate_badass
  • 5 Points
  • 18:37:55, 29 January

Dodging legitimate questions doesn't have anything to with MRA or whatever you call them.

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  • adabsurdo
  • 1 Points
  • 18:44:08, 29 January

Every IAMA chooses which questions to answer, as it's impossible to answer them all. Seems like you're just reaching for an excuse to get angry.

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  • whitenoiseguise
  • 2 Points
  • 18:40:52, 29 January

hey back off, dont talk to a lady like that....if she was a man it'd be one thing but c'mon

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  • whitenoiseguise
  • 4 Points
  • 18:38:28, 29 January

ya everyone loves you, they just didn't bother to show up in the thread to support you. ya know

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  • JoshuaRosenberg
  • 0 Points
  • 18:42:10, 29 January

ain't reddit lel

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  • zeekjr
  • 4 Points
  • 18:13:52, 29 January

Something I love about Slate is that the authors don't pretend like they are without a political perspective on issues. And I love that most of the Slate staff just goes ahead and publishes who they voted for for president. Has Slate ever thought about adding some token conservatives to broaden the perspective?

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  • FriedrichLee
  • 13 Points
  • 18:07:02, 29 January

How are men going to end? Men stastically are still smarter. (Source: http://thepsychologyforum.com/community/index.php?/topic/3466-men-smarter-than-women-new-findings/) Despite what our sensationalist media did by distorting James Flynn's data which was already under massive criticism due to his insufficient sampling.

Also, why don't you go back to the Zionist entity and keep your filth from spreading to the west? Thanks.

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  • bearfoot13
  • 9 Points
  • 18:10:57, 29 January

When is male genital mutilation going to end?

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  • BanjoKazooie47
  • 1 Points
  • 18:44:54, 29 January

When zionism ends in america

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  • guywiththecap
  • 9 Points
  • 18:04:25, 29 January

I live in California Whenever I go outside and see a child act out his or her mother will pinch them or discipline their children in public

I have never been hit by my father but have been several times by my mother

does feminism advocate violence against children?

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  • RobBreymaier
  • 4 Points
  • 18:28:16, 29 January

You're story American Murder Mystery made an fairly big impact and furthered perceptions that poor people are bad for a neighborhood and harmed efforts to improve housing options for Housing Choice Voucher holders. Do you have any regrets about that story and its repercussions? Did you ever meet with the group of social scientists that wrote in to challenge the article? Has your thinking on the subject changed at all?

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  • HannaRosin
  • 2 Points
  • 18:44:39, 29 January

I hate the idea that the story made it harder to place voucher holders. But that's a stupid reaction to what I wrote. The point was, the city had abandoned the voucher holders by promising them new and improved living conditions that they failed to deliver. And they were never going to solve that problem until they reckoned with what was actually happening.

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  • BigBlackBitchBarbara
  • 2 Points
  • 18:35:22, 29 January

Do you believe women should be required to sign up for selective service? Up to now this has only been a male privilege.

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  • nerdologist
  • -3 Points
  • 18:01:02, 29 January

Hi, Hanna! Woman in a STEM field here :)

I am a big listener of the DoubleX podcast, I've heard every episode. I am a woman in a STEM field that is very intense (working most of my waking hours) and where I have almost no female colleagues at or above my level. So, getting some gal talk in my ears is necessary for my mental survival. Thanks!

I would love it, though, if you guys could talk a little more to women like me who are still in these sort of refugia where feminism never really made it that far -- we are still fighting for small things that other take for granted. One thing that comes to mind was your show about older mothers, how women put off motherhood too long. But many women in science don't feel like we have a choice. My male colleagues here, almost without exception, wives by one-career households where their partners take care of most of the domestic stuff, women rarely have partners like that. I felt you characterized older women who want to be mothers as sort of dimwits who don't understand how things really are, who think that because they look good and have "toned arms" they should be magically entitled to have babies any time they want and are shocked when they can't. You three seem to have been fortunate in your work places and partners, not everyone has those advantages. I guess my question is, would you be willing to have discussion about something like this?

EDIT: I just want to add that I am such a fan and have been burning to ask you guys about this for so long that I planned my whole work day around just being able to submit this question.

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  • pocketknifeMT
  • 13 Points
  • 18:14:31, 29 January

>women rarely have partners like that.

Who's fault is that? Society? Men? Patriarchy? Perhaps it could be women's choice in partners? Hypergamy is totally working against your demographic. Women simply are not attracted to men with lower professional achievements than themselves, as a group. Obviously there are exceptions, but this would seem to explain the symptoms you complain of.

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  • HannaRosin
  • 1 Points
  • 18:36:23, 29 January

Hi and I' so glad you listen and keep listening even though we annoy you sometimes. We are so guilty of that. It's kind of like the Anne Marie Slaughter article. As a professor at Princeton, and as a journalist - we have a certain amount of flexibility that someone who works at the White House, or in a male dominated field - just doesnt have. Not to mention a nurse or a teacher or someone who doesn't have control over their own time. This is a mistake writers make a lot (or maybe people make a lot) - assume that their lives are like other people's lives. But we will be aware of it and invite in more people whose realities are different from ours. Question is, would someone in your situation have any time to come on our podcast?

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  • nerdologist
  • 2 Points
  • 18:43:21, 29 January

> Question is, would someone in your situation have any time to come on our podcast?

That's one of ironies we all live with, we are all so busy trying to be successful there is very little time to be advocates for ourselves and each other. If you're interested in the issues of women in STEM fields the headquarters of the Association for Women in Science is located right there in DC and I am sure they would be thrilled to hear from you and could hook you up with a not just a woman, but one who can speak to whatever specifically you want to address.

Thanks for responding and keep up all the good work!

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  • vysethecoward
  • 3 Points
  • 18:18:07, 29 January

Surely the women chose to marry men who wanted them to stay at home? Why are you characterising them as docile weak creatures who are just told to stay at home? The women chose to stay there.

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  • suzpalindromesuz
  • 2 Points
  • 18:20:03, 29 January

Have you ever wanted to trade roles with Emily Yoffe? And what's your opinion of bacon?

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  • suzpalindromesuz
  • -4 Points
  • 17:59:24, 29 January

Hi, and thank you :) What's your take, in brief, on Slaughter's Can't Have it All article?

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  • HannaRosin
  • 4 Points
  • 18:32:26, 29 January

My personal mission after reading that story was to try and train the American workplace to understand that workers are full human beings with full lives and that robots dont take kids to the doctor. So if I had a kid thing to do I started being more honest about that and not saying I had to go to a "meeting." Slaughter says she makes sure when she speaks that they introduce her as someone with children, and I copied her on that one. I think the next step is to talk about how men cant have it all either, and maybe that "having it all" is a stupid idea and we should aim for less and have what we have and feel grateful for it.

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  • Idiopathic77
  • 1 Points
  • 18:41:39, 29 January

It almost hurts me to agree with you.

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  • butthatsnthowithppnd
  • 1 Points
  • 18:41:48, 29 January

You really should.

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  • CharlesFoxParham
  • 0 Points
  • 18:42:31, 29 January

Hi Hanna,

I have a question that is totally unrelated to most of the discussion so far--I hope that's okay.

I want to ask you about an article you wrote for the Atlantic in 2009 about the relationship between the housing bubble and the "prosperity gospel." Looking back on it, do you still support your thesis? What do you think explains the prosperity gospel's longevity? Do you think it's here to stay?

I'm a fourth year PhD student in history writing my dissertation on the early years of the prosperity gospel (1947-1976) and some of the questions you raise in your article are going to be key parts of my analysis. So, thank you, for writing such a great work of journalism.

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  • whitenoiseguise
  • 2 Points
  • 18:11:55, 29 January

why is it the nicer i am to women, the more they walk all over me? how can you advance your gender when you value partners that walk all over you, and in turn you do the same to good men.

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  • 23967230985723986
  • 2 Points
  • 18:37:14, 29 January

Grow up.

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  • BanjoKazooie47
  • 0 Points
  • 18:30:31, 29 January

Why do women say they like nice guys but totally ignore them and go for the assholes everytime? Do you think females on a subconscious level like being dominated by the alpha male?

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  • those_draculas
  • -6 Points
  • 18:20:55, 29 January

what the shit, reddit?! don't down vote the OP just because you don't like feminism. it serves no purpose and just makes the answers hard to find when browsing.

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  • siaslial
  • 2 Points
  • 18:35:47, 29 January

A lot of feminists have a big problem with Hanna Rosin and her claims so it's not necessarily just the backwoods MRA who are downvoting.

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  • those_draculas
  • 1 Points
  • 18:38:17, 29 January

still, it's bad form to downvote an IAMA host to the point that their answers and hidden far below the question

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  • siaslial
  • 2 Points
  • 18:41:09, 29 January

Oh yes, that's very true.

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  • MollyBP
  • -2 Points
  • 18:32:20, 29 January

Hi Hanna! Huge fan. Any chance of DoubleX doing a series of pieces where women (and men!) lay out in detail their daily schedules? EXACTLY who has the kids when, who does which pickup, who works when, etc. etc. Talking about "balance" is all good but on some level feel like it all comes down to how are people spending their 24 hours?

On the same note I just don't have that much patience with Slaughter. OBVS you can't take a super high pressure job in a different city from your family and also be the parent of record. Woman or man! Again comes down to hours in a day...

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  • Pennstatekidd
  • 2 Points
  • 18:23:06, 29 January

Hanna, how does it feel to know that despite yours, and many more women's efforts to be taken seriously, books with titles like yours just get laughed at by men behind our closed doors. What you have failed to touch upon and realize is that men have an innate understanding inside all of them, which tells them "Women are inferior beings". Judging from your rhetoric and small-minded opinions about today's culture, men are absolutely right. This will be downvoted by the feminazis, but we men all know what's up.

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  • mambypambyland
  • 1 Points
  • 18:24:38, 29 January

How far ahead of men will women need to be before we no longer feel the need for Affirmative Action? It concerns me that we could create the same situation all over again and need to implement Affirmative Action for men in a few decades if we are not careful.

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  • RussianMan56
  • 2 Points
  • 18:25:12, 29 January

How far ahead of men will women need to be before we no longer feel the need for Affirmative Action? It concerns me that we could create the same situation all over again and need to implement Affirmative Action for men in a few decades if we are not careful.

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  • 23967230985723986
  • -7 Points
  • 18:28:06, 29 January

Clearly there are a lot of MRA assholes who have nothing better to do than blow up this AMA and downvote everything that displeases them. Why don't you guys let people who are actually interested in her responses read them instead of burying everything?

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  • ultimate_badass
  • 7 Points
  • 18:31:16, 29 January

Is that why Hanna refuses to answer some legitimate questions here? If you don't like it, blame the MRA!

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  • 23967230985723986
  • -7 Points
  • 18:32:29, 29 January

Look at the questions that are buried at the bottom. They're even downvoting legitimate questions from people who are just curious.

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  • whitenoiseguise
  • 4 Points
  • 18:34:49, 29 January

gotta love this reddit voting system eh

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  • 23967230985723986
  • 0 Points
  • 18:40:37, 29 January

It hinges on people not being assholes. Someone who isn't an MRA could stumble on this and ask a totally legit question that isn't peppered with the MRA talking points and get buried. Do you think that's conducive to a healthy community?

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  • suzpalindromesuz
  • -10 Points
  • 18:07:24, 29 January

When you were young, did you envision you would be an author, writer, editor?

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  • paranoiarodeo497
  • -8 Points
  • 18:30:27, 29 January

YOU SUCK

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  • suzpalindromesuz
  • -11 Points
  • 18:05:19, 29 January

Should Patrick Henry College serve as a model for schools for women?

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  • suzpalindromesuz
  • -9 Points
  • 18:06:03, 29 January

What are arduinos?

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  • ImBored_YoureAmorous
  • 4 Points
  • 18:20:09, 29 January

Hobbyist microcontrollers.

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  • bitingbeaver
  • -6 Points
  • 18:25:29, 29 January

Change your name to Nicholas Cage and get a job in hollywood. I'm sure the jews will give you all of Shia Labeouf's old roles.

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  • UVdogastrophe
  • -4 Points
  • 18:37:07, 29 January

I asked David this last week, and I wanted to give you a chance to answer: Other than your fellow Gabfest panelists and your husband, who is the most enjoyable person at Slate with which to argue/discuss political and societal issues?