Intelligence Squared sponsored a debate at the Skirball Center in New York City recently entitled “Men Are Finished.” The debate was one in a series of debates on different social issues sponsored by the organization. Our very own Scott Luxor attended and put together this video.
The summary of the debate, posted on their website, says:
In a modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men, many are wondering if men have been permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women’s status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback or have the old rules changed for good?
The debaters arguing against the future of male dominance were Hanna Rosin, author of the “XX Factor” blog and Dan Abrams of ABC News, author of the book Man Down.
The debaters in defense of men included Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys and David Zinczenko, Editor of Men’s Health magazine.
The lively debate provoked some passionate reactions from the audience.
Although there was not a definitive conclusion to the debate, the “anti-men” position was much better argued. In a flash poll about the statement “Men Are Finished,” taken before the debate, 20% were in favor of the statement. After the debate, however, 66% were in favor of it.
You know how we feel, so let us know what you thought of the comments from the panelists and from Slate editor David Plotz.
And be sure to check out our response to the “End of Men”: