Millennial Men Are Turning Against Gender Equality

I’m not in the least bit surprised.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have escaped the worst consequences of the Sexual Revolution (I grew up in a stable two-parent family, I’ve been married for three years), but the devastation it has wrought on the American family is increasingly apparent to young men:

“Millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2000, were supposed to be the generation that forged what has been called “a new national consensus” in favor of gender equality. Indeed, in February the prominent Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs labeled the 2016 election, where an extremely qualified female candidate lost to a man with a history of disrespecting women, “a blip” on the road to the egalitarian society that will be achieved once millennial voters outnumber their conservative elders.

But the millennial category lumps together everybody from age 17 to 34, a group varied by race, ethnicity, religion, income, education and life experience. Don’t think for a second they are united. As a set of reports released Friday by the Council on Contemporary Families reveals, fewer of the youngest millennials, those aged 18 to 25, support egalitarian family arrangements than did the same age group 20 years earlier.

Using a survey that has monitored the attitudes of high school seniors for nearly 40 years, the sociologists Joanna Pepin and David Cotter find that the proportion of young people holding egalitarian views about gender relationships rose steadily from 1977 to the mid-1990s but has fallen since. In 1994, only 42 percent of high school seniors agreed that the best family was one where the man was the main income earner and the woman took care of the home. But in 2014, 58 percent of seniors said they preferred that arrangement. In 1994, fewer than 30 percent of high school seniors thought “the husband should make all the important decisions in the family.” By 2014, nearly 40 percent subscribed to that premise. …”

When I think about the Sexual Revolution, I think about the extreme stress it has caused within two-earner families, DINKs, the spread of divorce, abortion and all the people I know who have been through multiple marriages and who have children by multiple partners. I think of the sad faces of grandparents who I see pushing around multiracial grandchildren in Wal-Mart and Target.

As bad as the Sexual Revolution has been for Whites, its consequences have been even worse for blacks. The collapse of the black family is a major cause of the Lord of the Flies existence of black youth we see in our cities. There’s no telling how much that alone has cost our society. It is fashionable to blame this on the legacy of slavery and segregation, but it wasn’t tolerated in those days.

The 1950s housewife wasn’t a timeless ideal. I do think it was a much better social arrangement than the system we have now. Every day I see something that reminds me that the family has declined. There are young White women in this country who are worse off than their 19th century ancestors.

Note: Incredibly, the Lügenpresse has spent much of the last week attacking Mike Pence and his family. Do these people have any idea of how out of touch they sound?

Hunter Wallace
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