The End of Men--or Not

April 13, 2015

In his new book, Melvin Konner, a physician and Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, writes that “Contrary to all received wisdom, women are more logical and less emotional than men. Women do cry more easily, and that, too, is partly biological. But life on this planet isn’t threatened by women’s tears; nor does that brimming salty fluid cause poverty, drain public coffers, ruin reputations, impose forced intimacies, slay children, torture helpless people, or reduce cities to rubble.”

The book, Women After All: Sex, Evolution and the End of Male Supremacy, posits that in the biological battle of the sexes, women will win.

The book, at least, has won a lot of media attention. Articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, New Republic, and other outlets, and a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Konner himself sums up the book’s ideas.

When asked by U.S. News & World Report why he thinks male supremacy is nearing its end, Konner said “The burst of women’s achievement feels like pent-up energy and ability suppressed by thousands of years of wasting half the talent of the human race. Within the last half century, women have proved wrong 12,000 years of claims why women couldn’t do certain jobs – because of their menstrual cycles, they’re too emotional, don’t think logically, might get pregnant, are easily intimidated by men, can’t take the stress of public life and leadership. It’s the beginning of something new.”

Not everyone agrees with his premise. A review in New Republic concludes that “Even if—and it’s a big if—science could prove once and for all that women are like so, an essay with this much faint praise would still fail on style grounds alone. And ladies do not abide unstylishness.” 

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