Are Men Still Unnecessary?

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd published the outspoken book, Are Men Necessary, in 2005, detailing the sexual battlefield between men and women and “mysteries and muddles of sexual combat in America.” But that’s not stopping The Atlantic and Slate‘s Hanna Rosin, who’s out with The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, perhaps taking the subject matter one shovel full of dirt further into the ground. Rosin explores many of the same topic areas that Dowd did seven years ago, including crime, marriage politics and more. She argues that men are no longer the dominant sex.

Here’s Rosin’s pitch letter that’s making the rounds:


I am writing to let you know about the publication of my new book, THE END OF MEN, which has been named by the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York magazine and the Huffington Post as one of the books most looked forward to for the fall. As a loyal supporter of Slate and DoubleX, I wanted to let you know before the book is officially out.

The book chronicles an unprecedented moment: Women are no longer merely gaining on men–they have pulled decisively ahead. I show how the radically different ways men and women earn, learn, spend, work, marry–even kill–have turned society upside down, not just in the U.S., but around the world. And I help readers see how both men and women can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.In the book I address, among other things:

What we misunderstand about the hook-up culture, and how women use it to their advantage. Read my excerpt in the Atlantic: “Boys on the Side

Why men are having a harder time adapting to the changing economy. Read my New York Times magazine cover story: “Who Wears the Pants in this Economy.”

How marriage in American is undergoing a radical transformation, in ways we never expected.

How women can get over the final hurdles and make it to the top.

I would love to meet you at one of the stops on my national book tour, which begins Sept. 11. The major tour stops and dates are listed below.  If you run an organization interested in these issues, I would love to come speak to you. To find out more, please visit my website at If you want to order the book, please visit [here].  


Hanna Rosin