Today's Takeaway - 10/07

Posted on October 7, 2011 - 5:20pm by Sean Hinz

This is how William J. Bennett feels about the role of men in today's society. The former Secretary of Education argues, "For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men." While there are certainly issues with men not being a responsible member of their family, I take issue with the idea that "video games, television and music offer dubious lessons to boys who have been abandoned by their fathers."

Abandonment is no laughing matter, but the expectation that consumable media is responsible for a child's upbringing is preposterous. For some kids, having these fantasies or inspirations is essential. They are the only things that help these kids manage the harsh realities that make up life. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon. Why fear women being successful anyway? Role reversal is becoming more and more common. As long as you find yourself in a relationship with someone who supports you, who cares who makes more money?

His closing statement is probably the most disconnected; "The Founding Fathers believed, and the evidence still shows, that industriousness, marriage and religion are a very important basis for male empowerment and achievement. We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, 'Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married.' It's time for men to man up." By that logic, our combined lack of maturity is pulling down an entire gender. Do any g1s agree with the notion that successful men define themselves by their jobs, gender roles, and religious convictions? Or can men rise above these conventions dictated by society? Let us know in the comments.

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