Conference Announcement: The End of Men

On Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, the Boston University Law Review will be hosting a conference entitled “Evaluating Claims about ‘the end of men:’ Legal and Other Perspectives.”  “The end of men,” a phrase coined by journalist Hanna Rosin, captures the proposition that women have made such remarkable progress in all domains—and men have suffered such declines and reversals—that women are effectively surpassing men and becoming the dominant sex. This interdisciplinary conference will evaluate claims about “the end of men” and consider implications for law and policy. It will examine empirical assertions about men’s and women’s comparative status in concrete domains, such as education, the workplace and the family. Feminist diagnoses of sex discrimination have fueled changes in law and policy, as well as in cultural norms. Should recent claims about the status of men likewise prompt redress? The conference will examine how the data supporting claims about the end of men— and progress of women—look once differentiated by class, race, region and other categories. It will provide historical perspectives on current anxieties about imbalances between men’s and women’s power, opportunities and status. The conference will also put “end of men” claims in comparative and international perspective, asking whether they are distinctive to the United States. Papers and proceedings will be published in the Boston University Law Review. 

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Even if one finds that such claims aren’t distinctive to the United States, that’s not necessarily the right question when it comes to international perspective. E.g., in Indonesia, where I just visited, such claims would be absurd (and possibly criminal, if the police viewed them as anti-Koranic); and there are plenty of other similar countries whose names one unfortunately can rattle off from watching the nightly news. Even in Japan, where a majority of my law and politics students are female, where my wife is about to launch her own company, and where the constitution declares equal rights for men and women, such claims would be extremely premature, to put it mildly. I hope the international talks will be more nuanced than simple comparisons to the US.