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A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
“Kay Hymowitz has written a fascinating and important book—one that should be read by every man, woman and man-child in America. So put down your Wii controller, click off the Tucker Max blog, and pick up Manning Up. You won’t regret it.”
Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage
“With spot-on detail and zero dogma, Kay Hymowitz has written a smart, incisive analysis of the woes troubling today’s young men, oft saddled with the dreary label, ‘adultescents.’ Anyone interested in the state of the sexes will want to read Hymowitz’s wise, accessible and compassionate take.”
William J. Bennett
“Manning Up is an important portrayal of the disintegrating covenant that once existed between the sexes. And few can do this better than Kay Hymowitz. She untangles the complex forces threatening marriage for even the most privileged young Americans.”
Caitlin Flanagan, author of To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife
“In her fascinating, brutally honest new book, Kay Hymowitz describes an unintended consequence of the successes of feminism: the creation of a huge generation of aging frat boys, men who have discovered—in the spray tanned, bikini-waxed wonderland of post-feminism—a shangrila they are only too happy to inhabit. Freed from the old tests of manhood, such as the ability to marry and provide for a woman and children, they are biding their time, and leaving many of the best and brightest young women wondering, ‘where did all the good men go?’ Manning Up is an important book for parents, educators and most of all, for today’s young women.”
Neil Howe, co-author of Millenials Rising: The Next Great Generation
“Kay Hymowitz is a brilliant observer of cultural and social trends in America. Manning Up moves in a crescendo of accelerating energy from first chapter to last. Any reader who has ever wondered about changing gender roles and the purpose of marriage in the lives of our friends and relatives—or in our own lives—will be impressed and amazed. If you are between age 20 and 50, reading this book may cause you to re-plan your own life. Whatever your age, it will certainly cause you to rethink our collective future.”
Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail
“Kay Hymowitz does an exacting job describing the growing flock of man/children we're seeing, and she lays out the disturbing reality of the ‘marriageable mate’ dilemma that once affected only black women but has now become a broader phenomenon. Not only are there fewer college-educated men to marry, but many of those men who are available are little more than man/children—not anyone you would want your daughters to marry!”
Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation
“If you’re curious as to why university admissions officers have to scramble these days to keep their entering classes at less than 60% female, or if you find that a sports bar on a Saturday afternoon sounds like a high school locker room, Kay Hymowitz’s Manning Up provides an illuminating response. It’s not because feminism has emasculated men, or because the media parade one man-boy after another (Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, The Man Show . . .). It’s because of the Knowledge Economy. Manhood used to happen through marriage and fatherhood, boys becoming men by assuming caretaking responsibilities, usually by taking jobs in manufacturing. It made them grow up. The Knowledge Economy delays the process. It keeps them longer in school, and many of the jobs it offers favor women (design, communications). Drawing evocatively from films and novels, video games, blogs and research reports, female despair and male slackerdom, Hymowitz derives a fresh and pointed take on the Mars-and-Venus gender gap. This is the startling and persuasive news she imparts, an unintended consequence of the knowledge boom. More prosperity and innovation and media—but at a profound cost to family and society: the immaturity of men.”
Hymowitz wrote a well researched thought provoking book.
And she rightly states that a man with a family is much more motivated to act responsibly, if for no other reason than a duty to provide for and protect his children.
Women have a victim group and a voting bloc that is dedicated to their interests within ours and all other Western democracies, men do not.
When I heard Kay Hymowitz speaking about her book on a radio talk show, I couldn't wait to read this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by robinbase
Ms. Hymowitz nails it--In our rush to "liberate" women so they could work 40+ hours per week in addition to raising the kids we reduced men to children. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Nonymous
Kay seems to believe that women are entitled to a man who will support them in marriage and after divorce. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dealman
So recently published, and yet already so dated. This sorry excuse for research and objective thinking is already an anachronism in the 21st century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael
First of all, the very premise of the book is wrong, as men consistently outnumber women in employment in the USA at all age groups, including young adulthood, according to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dustin Jarl
Five stars does not mean that "I Love It". It means that it was wonderfully executed rendition of a point of view while doing that with in an excellant historical context... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Allyn
Hymnowitz refuses to get that feminism elevated women by trashing men in the process. Men face deliberate discrimination in employment, in divorce courts, in male-only military... Read morePublished 17 months ago by echofoxtrot
Why should men really care? Women got what they wanted, even though it is antithetical to what they still really want. I am supposed to man up and marry her? Naaaahhhh... Read morePublished 17 months ago by CoffeeCrazed
A few thoughts on this book:
-It was well researched. This book is bursting at the seams with statistics, factoids, and (intelligent, tastefully used) pop-culture... Read more