Friday, July 23, 2010

Nicholas Kristof (NYT) - "Don't Write Off Men Just Yet"

If you are regular reader of this blog you will know that I am a big Nick Kristof fan. BIG. He has been called the moral conscience of this generation as he writes on issues that truly matter. Earlier this year I co-hosted a book party for him and his wonderful wife, Sheryl WuDunn, for their new and best-seller book, "Half The Sky." If you have not read it yet, do. This book has been a best-seller and there is more to come. It is not just a book, it is a movement! (Picture from the WFN Conference - April 2009)

Most of the time Nick writes on gender and human rights issues outside the US, but not yesterday. Yesterday he addressed an issue I recently blogged on as well, the article in the Atlantic called "The End of Men." Not surprisingly we had a similar take, and that is that we have to stop seeing the ascent of women causing or being correlated with the decent in the position of men. We need to embrace these demographic changes to create the best possible outcomes for all. Nick is not ready to write-off half the population, nor am I. A new and better world will come about through partnerships and shared power. Men and women need to work together supporting, serving and helping one another in the family, in the workplace and in the world at large. The problems we face at the micro and the macro level are big, so it is in maximizing the talents of both genders and all generations that solutions are possible.

Nick, thank you for a great take on this important issue.


Anonymous said...

For future reference, he spells his name Nick. =)

Jacki Zehner said...

Thank you so much... i realize i made that mistake and just signed on to correct it! thank you so much.