Magazine April 18, 2011, Issue

Charlie Sheen Writ Large

A review of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys by Kay S. Hymowitz (Basic, 248 pp., $25.99)

‘Are men necessary?” Maureen Dowd famously asked in a book title. Who needs men, when, as Manhattan Institute scholar Kay Hymowitz writes in her new book, “young women are reaching their twenties with more achievements, more education, more property, and, arguably, more ambition than their male counterparts”? What do women want, as they live urban, graduate-degreed lives of independence? Good luck with answering these questions, if you’re a young man in America today — never mind figuring out what a man is supposed to be in the first place.

Even before Charlie Sheen’s recent notoriety as the “Malibu Messiah” with “tiger

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