Are Men the Weaker Sex?

In a recent article at the Harvard Business Review, Alison Beard doesn’t really come out and call men weak.  She does, however, use the word silent in her description of men today.  Her framework for this description is found in a simple and provocative message:

The feminist movement has been so effective in advancing women over the past several decades that the ability of men to thrive–indeed, their fundamental role in society–is now in peril.

We have, at everyone’s fault, said that it is not okay for men to have any powerful role in the advancement of society anymore.  Books are coming out called The End of Men and Men on Strike that point to this phenomenon of men being afraid to move forward in the world of work because they are potentially afraid to admit their own weakened position–again, by the fault of everyone.

Listen, I am totally okay with women in the workplace.  I am totally okay with women who are stellar candidates for CEO positions.  I am totally okay with women who function as great CEOs.  I would even be fine working for a good woman leader in the work place.  However, I am not okay with men being afraid to speak out, work hard, and move our society forward, even if it steps on the toes of the feminist movement.

So, for example, when a female CEO openly discriminates against a male job candidate, no one says a word.  Conferences and events geared toward helping women in business remain commonplace, even in industries where they’re reaching parity with men.  Research centers focused on women win grants, but no one demands comparable funding for studies on men.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of wimpy men who can’t adapt to an ever-increasing white-collar, female-launching, male-discriminate society.  As Beard states,

No man wants to be branded a whiny antifeminist by the growing sisterhood of leaders who are women.

My question for men (and women) is:  Why not?

This should be something we should talk about.  This is something there should be conferences on.  This is something there should be books written about.  This is something we should talk about in our churches.  This is something research centers should get grants for.

I, personally, am sick of the silence.

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About Greg Gibson
Greg is a husband, dad, church planter, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Veritas City Church in Washington, DC. He resides in Georgetown with his wife, Grace, and two children.

3 Responses to Are Men the Weaker Sex?

  1. FB Message says:

    KRISTIN: Unfairly so… ex: men have to meet certain criteria and/or get ” permission” from wives to get a vasectomy; but women can get an abortion without notifying the father.

  2. FB Message says:

    MARY: So women are to blame for men not advancing?? Really? Is this why men STILL make more money even if they are equally experienced and educated a their female co-workers? If anything we’re just seeing men be rightfully challenged and maybe this is an obstacle to men for the first time. Any sort of stagnancy for men need not be seen as the result of women finally get some of the rights they deserve.

  3. FB Message says:

    KRISTIN: We heard a comedian two weeks ago talking about this. ( so consider the source) it was pretty funny- basically talking about affirmative action and hiring maybe not the most qualified people to have ” diversity” in the work force. Things are never going to be 100% equal for everyone/ everything. They can’t be. The best we can do is be aware and try try try

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