Editor’s note: So here we have a fundamentalist male upset that women have started to overtake men in certain arenas after male supremacy for thousands of years. Instead of adjusting to the fact that men and women are capable of equality in many ways the writer thinks the answer is in doubling down on male only leadership.
Perhaps no one has more assiduously—and gleefully—documented the disappearance of men than Hanna Rosin. In her 2010 book, The End of Men, and in subsequent articles, Rosin has traced the disappearance of men, as defined by traditional roles and responsibilities. And she argues it is a good thing.
The data she marshals is alarming, if not altogether depressing. In fact, she’s argued men are obsolete, and that we should realize this obsolescence is an established condition. Among the data she cites:
- In the U.S., 1/5th of able-bodied men are not working.
- In the West, including the U.S., roughly 60% of college graduates are women. Women also earn 60% of all master’s degrees.
- Educationally, boys lag behind girls essentially from the cradle onward.
- In 2009, the U.S. workforce became majority women.
- Of the 15 job categories marked for growth in the decade ahead, men will dominate only two: janitorial work and computer engineering.
Rosin has a point, and it is an alarming one. While we recognize the challenges such statistics indicate for a society, as Christians our primary concern is not the country or the culture—it is the home and the church. If the latter are healthy, the former will be healthier.
Many churches are bereft of male leadership, and many congregations exist in a settled fog over what biblical manhood should look like. Pop evangelicalism has not offered much of a corrective. Even within the church, much of the teaching on manhood has sent us toward two different, unhelpful poles.
One pole has, in essence, said that to be a better man, men should be more like women: more thoughtful, more caring, more romantic; always mindful of expressions of romance and dutifully carrying them out.
Alternately, the other pole at times sounds more like a beer commercial than biblical masculinity. It glorifies machismo, celebrates gruffness, and honors the strong arm.
Through this, the church needs to recover biblical manhood, Christian masculinity—what we might think of as sanctified testosterone.
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