February 18, 2013 3 Comments
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.