In her November 2011 cover story in The Atlantic “All the Single Ladies,” Kate Bolick asserts that “recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness anda steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options,” to deadbeats and playboys. But amid this strange state of affairs, Bolick sees an opportunity to “acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.”One of The Atlantic’s most-talked-about stories in recent years, Bolick discusses her article and subsequent public reaction with Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the book End of Men; and Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor at The Atlantic."
Kate Bolick is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, freelance writer for ELLE, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal (among other publications), and host of "Touchstones at The Mount," an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate, in Lenox, MA. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino, and a columnist for The Boston Globe Ideas Section. Her first book, SPINSTER: Making a Life of One's Own, will be published by Crown in April 2015.
Garance Franke-Ruta is the politics editor of TheAtlantic.com, but when she's not trying to understand the mysterious charm of Rick Santorum or why Newt Gingrich would post a picture of himself jauntily posing in front of Auschwitz, she's maintained a sideline in writing about women in politics. She was the first person to report, in a 2002 American Prospect article, that the baby-bust among high-achieving women was a myth, related only to their greater unwillingness to become single moms and not to any kind of reproductive issues inside marriages. Before joining The Atlantic, she was an online politics editor and blogger at The Washington Post, and in 2006 she spent a semester at the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School studying why there are so few women in opinion media.
Hanna Rosin, an Atlantic national correspondent, is the author of the book The End of Men based on her story in the July/August 2010 Atlantic.
Hanna Rosin, author of 'The End of Men', talks with fellow The Atlantic editor Kate Bolick about the differences between how men and women handle living alone. While Bolick argues that women are conditioned to be better at homemaking, Rosin points to the influence of early issues of Playboy, which focused on style and design.
Hanna Rosin, author of 'The End of Men', and Garance Franke-Ruta, Politics Editor for The Atlantic, discuss whether men can thrive without women. Franke-Ruta points to a new generation of men who are living well on their own, but expresses concern that the increasing emphasis on independence may lead to trouble down the road.