Evaluating Claims about “the End of Men”: Legal and Other Perspectives

All Day
on Saturday, October 13, 2012
BU Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
“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. Keynote Address - Hanna Rosin, author of “The End of Men,” Atlantic (Aug. 2010) and forthcoming book Lunch Address - Joan Williams, University of California Hastings College of Law For a full list of speakers and additional conference information, please visit the BU Law Upcoming Events web site.