“Men who fail to attach to partners, careers, or communities grow bitter, and seek volatility and unrest. They are more susceptible to fringe theories, and over-index on online forums filled with misogynist content and misinformation.”
I love reading about and immersing myself into fascinating global trends. As such, I read a lot about a lot of different topics – a trait of a deep generalist and a natural sense of intellectual curiosity! Beyond the present, the probable, and the possible opportunities, you also have to become increasingly aware of forces that can disrupt the way we live, work, play, and give (as I wrote in the entire second chapter of my new book, Curve Benders).
One of the more provocative voices online is Scott Galloway, NYU Stern Professor of Marketing who is a bit of an acquired taste! He’s intelligent, articulate, a highly successful serial entrepreneur, egotistical and somewhat obnoxious. Yet, you’ll be hard pressed to argue with his insights including the three threats that he outlines in a recent essay. Alongside his exploration of cryptocurrency destabilizing the U.S. Dollar and the threat of obesity, his first point focused on one particular demographic: young men.
In America, men drop out of school more often than women and are three times more likely to get arrested. As Galloway writes:
“Despite generations of effort and real improvement in gender equality, men are still expected to be providers and are told from an early age that financial success is a critical measure of manhood. This pressure of society combined with declining prospects for men and a lack of corresponding evolution in perceptions of what it means to be a man may lead to dangerous outcomes. While imagining a world without men may make for an entertaining novel, if we really want to create a better world we need to make sure it is better for women and for men.”
Read the essay when you get a chance and jump in with your perception of how can we address this critical societal challenge:
Unless we dramatically increase the economic opportunities for young people, we increase the volatility of our commonwealth and add accelerant to crises.