Heartiste has already written about this, and so has Stuart Schneiderman (HT: Paleo Retiree), but a closer look is worthwhile, as Rosin’s own reporting does a better job of destroying her thesis than anything else I’ve read.
Here’s Hanna Rosin explaining how the hook up culture is good for women:
For an upwardly mobile, ambitious young woman, hookups were a way to dip into relationships without disrupting her self-development [i.e. career – “self-development” should in no way be confused with starting a family] or schoolwork. Hookups functioned as a “delay tactic,” Armstrong writes, because the immediate priority, for the privileged women at least, was setting themselves up for a career. “If I want to maintain the lifestyle that I’ve grown up with,” one woman told Armstrong, “I have to work. I just don’t see myself being someone who marries young and lives off of some boy’s money.” Or from another woman: “I want to get secure in a city and in a job … I’m not in any hurry at all. As long as I’m married by 30, I’m good.”
What happens in the meantime? What does this woman bring to the table as a 30 year old? Let’s explore the lurid carnival of hook-up culture with more from Rosin’s article:
members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity stood outside freshman dorms chanting “No means yes! Yes means anal!” I’d heard this phrase before, from the business-school students, of course: on spring break, they had played a game called “dirty rounds”—something like charades, except instead of acting out movie or book titles, they acted out sex slogans like the one above, or terms like pink sock (what your anus looks like after too much anal sex).
Ah, progress – are there no limits to your extent?
David Brooks explains that Rosin’s thesis is that women are more adaptable than men, which is why women are now more successful in the modern economy.
Might it instead be that men just aren’t willing to work that hard when the only reward is a women like the ones described above? Who wouldn’t want a completely unfeminine, over used, and desperate 30-year old woman in a sea of 20-something women giving it away?
Well . . . basically everybody.
The oddest part about this discussion is that no one brings up the fact that we know exactly what an “end of men” society looks like. What Rosin describes is basically modern African-American society.
I’ve seen almost nobody, no matter how PC they are, argue that this society is the one on which we should model our future. Nor frankly does it seem particularly good for women.
Rosin seems to have pulled off a strange feat. She’s trumpeting the success of a lifestyle that’s visibly failing as she trumpets it. She’s the Baghdad Bob of modern feminism.