Where Have the Good Men Gone?'

Where Have the Good Guys Gone?' by Kay Hymowitz

Where Have the Good Guys Gone?' by Kay Hymowitz explores the difficulties surrounding men's shortcomings when it comes to many concerns and roles in society. The essay was published in the Wall Street Journal and drew the attention of many readers due to the conservative writer's exaggerated viewpoint. Pre-adulthood, according to Hymowitz, is a combination of puerility and autonomy that men in their twenties frequently experience, stifling their rapid development into self-sustaining adults. The author contends that men continue to fall behind in cultural growth while also examining gender roles, maturity, progress, and the role of millennials. It also describes the existing perceptions of pre-adults and teenagers. Accordingly, this paper gives a rhetorical analysis of the article while giving my assessment about the author's work. Notably, the article has a support of a particular audience who appreciate the analysis of the author.

The Writer's Rhetoric and Stereotypical Representation

The writer uses cultural references and stereotypical representation of young men, which shows her rhetoric when it comes to matters of gender in the contemporary world (Kreager et al. 387). As such, "Today's pre-adult male is like an actor in a drama in which he only knows what he shouldn't say" (Hymowitz 5). Besides, Hymowitz's use of hyperbole was to emphasize further her point, that men are immature and as such, the desperation of the author to highlight her points make many readers rely less on her work. Additionally, Hymowitz blatantly argues that men have impaired judgments hence in a state of confusion, undergoing regression back to a 'pre-adulthood, engaging in behaviors or activities that people of their age should not do, are becoming increasingly useless and some are less financially independent than women (Duehr and Joyce 815). As such, Hymowitz's stereotypical portrayal of men as immature encompasses her rhetoric to drive her points to the readers.

The Writer's Tone and Blaming Women

Another aspect of rhetorical strategy of Hymowitz is her tone. While her conservative audience may adopt to a highly analytical as well as a frank tone, the young and progressive thinkers who are both male and female may perceive her tone as sarcastic, unsympathetic as well as hypercritical. For instance, she concludes that women may put up with the mean for a while but then may decide to give up on the goal of having a husband and children and rather choose to go a sperm bank and get a DNA. The writer blames such decisions and the inability of men to grow up and concludes that no one needs them. The rhetorical perspective of this idea is that of implicitly blaming women for qualifying men's immaturity with their autonomy. Besides, it generalizes, dehumanizes as well as trivializes the role of men and exemplifies the problematic tone that writer maintains throughout her article. As such, she says, "Unlike adolescents, however, pre-adults don't know what is supposed to come next" (Hymowitz 4).

The Writer's Failure to Adopt Effective Strategies

Hymowitz's viewpoint about men corresponds with the views of non-millennial conservative audience. As such, the author should have assumed the strategy of using anecdotal, historical, statistical, systematic, and satirical tone would be persuasive to them. She could have also taken advantage of including male and female millennial positions to adopt to an impartial, levelheaded tone (Myers and Kamyab 225). Nevertheless, the inability to employ such strategies rendered the piece less thoughtless and intellectually irresponsible. It rather employed logical/rhetorical gaps characterized by value judgments. The author explains societal problems from a sociological perspective hence a rhetorical exploration.


In conclusion, Hymowitz's claims may have different viewpoints depending on the analysis of the context of the writing. It is true that the society has changed as she claims. It is also true that her statistical analysis of men may appeal to a larger audience. However, her analysis is marred with series of rhetorical strategies, which may be intentional or not. Most importantly, people should not engage in sexualized ideals of women, damaging labels and tribulations of millennials, generalized views of gender roles as well as how to be adults in the digitalized and dynamic world.

Works Cited

Duehr, Emily E., and Joyce E. Bono. "Men, women, and managers: are stereotypes finally changing?." Personnel Psychology 59.4 (2006): 815-846.

Hymowitz, Kay S. "Where Have The Good Men Gone?." The Wall Street Journal 19 (2011).

Kreager, Derek A., et al. ""Where have all the good men gone?" Gendered interactions in online dating." Journal of Marriage and Family 76.2 (2014): 387-410.

Myers, Karen K., and Kamyab Sadaghiani. "Millennials in the workplace: A communication perspective on millennials' organizational relationships and performance." Journal of Business and Psychology 25.2 (2010): 225-238.

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