I have been planning to write about Hanna Rosin’s “The End of Men and the Rise of Women”. It provided me with several illustrations in sermons. A day off and some notes I scribbled down last week about a Princeton graduate named Susan Patton who wrote a letter to her alma mater encouraging the young women to find husbands while in school. It did seem like the end of the world for many young feminists. It was followed up by an article in the Guardian by Keli Goff entitled: “Female Ivy League Graduates have a Duty to Stay in the Workplace”.
I have a George Gilder understanding of men that he shared with the world with his book “Men and Marriage”, originally titled “Sexual Suicide”. What makes a man a man? The answer has always been marriage and children. I see that some of the early reviews have hit upon these themes already. Something is hurting men besides the economy and that something is no commitment in marriage and no children that they are responsible for. So if men are losing whatever it is that would give them cause to fight it is no mystery that we see some feminization of men. Jer 51:30 The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They have remained in their strongholds; Their might has failed, They became like women;
What fascinates me about Hanna’s book is the joy she emanates as she describes this female triumph. Mick Jagger cannot sing “Under my thumb” anymore and she sees the tables turning and if it costs her a few feminized boys, well that’s the price of victory. To a certain extent women are fighting a destiny that was written a long time ago, and just maybe they are going to make the words not true. These are the words: Gen 3:16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Jewish commentators have filled books getting to the bottom of the words of this curse that God put on women from the days of the garden. The conclusion and it bears out for anyone with a pair of eyes, is that women’s desire will always be to rule over the man, but ultimately the man will remain and be in charge.
I am not sure a piece of paper from an educational institution and a mountain of student debt is exactly the paradise she believes it to be. She is right, as we move towards socialism many and most will find little niches in the government bureaucracies where they can faithfully pay back the government that lent them the money to be finally free from having a man work to support them while they bear children. What a deal, and you can keep working like that until you retire, maybe even picking up one of those feminized boys along the way to help you with housework. What a paradise!
So if the women are beating this curse that God put on them and are finally able to call the shots in their relationships with men, what was the deal with the men. Even though Adam tried his best to blame Eve and God this is what came down: Gen 3:17-19 “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” So the man’s lot in life is work, work and more work. But, if the women are avoiding the curse by taking charge, aren’t the men happily playing computer games at home while the women work, thus avoiding that whole sweat of the brow thing? Oh, if life were this easy where women get what they want, a paycheck and the authority that goes with it, and the men get what they want, just doing nothing. This is the kind of stuff enduring civilizations are built of.
The reality is that life is tough and “two are better than one” and “a threefold cord is not quickly broken”. We need each other in order to be whole and God’s direction is still best. “Husbands love your wives” and “Wives submit to your husbands”.