For the last three years writer Hanna Rosin has been promoting the idea of women out-performing men in the post-industrial culture. Ms. Rosin maintains that part of the success women are enjoying is due directly to sexual liberation. She believes that the hook up culture practiced by single women in their 20s and early 30s that we discussed in this blog last week is not victimizing women but is instead being driven by women. Ms Rosin writes, "...the ability to delay marriage and have temporary relationships that don't derail education or career" have made this societal transformation of female dominance in the education and business worlds possible.
This development represents a triumph for feminism, which has equated what we think of as traditional heterosexual marriage with oppression or, as 1970s feminist author and celebrity Erica Jong put it, "the slavery of Home." 1970s feminists joined with libertines like Playboy Magazine impresario Hugh Heffner and pornographer Bob Guccione to promote what was then considered the promiscuous lifestyle to eliminate what Germaine Greer derisively termed 20th Century women's "dog-like devotion to men." 40 years later the feminists have put up the "Mission Accomplished " banners. Ms Rosin gloats, "The hook up culture is too bound up with everything that's fabulous about being a young woman in 2012—the freedom, the confidence, the knowledge that you can always depend on yourself." No more relying on men!