Comment of the Day:
"I'll agree to be a 1950's stereotype of a man if women agree to be a 1950's stereotype of a woman." – whogas
Men must "man up" using "industriousness, marriage and religion," writes former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. Women now hold more college degrees, and male unemployment is at 20%. Worse yet, he writes, older men now spend more time playing video games than do teenage boys.
CNN.com readers disagreed about his definition of "success" and particularly about those video games.
drewscriver said, "This is one of the daftest articles I have read in a long time. Religion, marriage, and work are the values of a society? What about lack of responsibility for actions, and absence of critical thinking skills!"
kogonon said, "I think there are more definitions of men than a 1950's 'Father Knows Best' image. Males are just as dynamic and complicated as women are, they just don't show it because of societal norms."
insulted05 said, "Video games are the death of the modern man? I have two Masters and work three teaching jobs, including one full-time, and help out with the housework. I spend every night with family and take care of most of our home improvement projects. All of that ...and I LOVE video games. All of my close friends (a general manager, pharmacist, chiropractor, and police officer) love video games, and we play them together when we can.They are exemplary men, husbands, and fathers."
coates32 said, "OK, I'm a gamer and I'm disgusted that someone Mr. Bennett would even write an offensive, bigoted article like this. Women aren't trying to 'take down the man.' They just want to improve their lives, like everyone else. And the bit about blaming games for 'the decine of men,' even though 40 percent of gamers (or more) are female, is just idiotic."
obinthakur said, "This article doesn't take into account how society and expectations have now changed since the 60's. Religion is irrelevant to the argument (I'm from the UK and have rarely come into contact with anybody claiming to be religious in the last 2 decades), and it is possible to live a perfectly happy life without getting marrried and having children."
AmoItaliano said, "My girlfriend and I have 2 girls, 2 and 4 years old. My job allows me to spend a great deal of time at home with my kiddos. I have become an expert in my girls' favorite toys, foods, clothes, bedtime stories, and ways to braid hair. I take them to all their doctors appointments. I am up all night tonight with a sick kiddo sleeping on my lap as I type away on the computer. Being a dad is absolutely the coolest thing any guy could ever want to do."
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