Well known trend spotter Faith Popcorn is more than a bit pessimistic about men. Her most recent What’s Popping forecast is called She-Change, and it focuses on the growing role women are playing in the economy and society.
Key quote on women:
In the coming decade we will see a sea change in the way feminine power is incorporated in society.
More interesting is her quite negative view on the future of men:
It will be up to women to protect men in this new world order. They will need to teach men how to survive and thrive in a society that puts more and more value on feminine characteristics.
Women will have to do this because:
Males’ problems with aggression, depression and performance will continue to worsen as long as they go untreated. Educators and employers will have to deal with the sociological problems men are experiencing.
The basics behind these trends are a growing set of data indicating that men are falling behind women in a wide range of well-being, educational and employment measures.
When we first started covering these trends the feedback wasn't positive. A lot of people (men and women) didn't believe women are not only catching up to men, but in some ways overtaking them.
But the data is overwhelming and over the last couple of years the idea that women are rising has become, more or less, accepted.
We agree that men face a number of challenges (education in particular is a growing problem), but we think Popcorn's view of men is way overstated. We've also never bought into the "if women are rising, men must be sinking" point of view.
The Rise of Women can benefit everyone.