Men are finished: How you can watch—and participate in—the live Slate/Intelligence Squared debate on Sept. 20 at NYU.

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Sept. 9 2011 6:44 PM

Men Are Finished

How you can watch—and participate in—the live Slate/Intelligence Squared debate on Sept. 20 at NYU.

Get a debate sneak preview in Slate: Hanna Rosin explains why men are finished, while Christina Hoff Sommers claims  men are doing just fine, thanks. 

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Women now earn the majority of college degrees. Men play video games. Women thrive in information-age jobs. Men go to prison. Women hold families together. Men watch football. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate series will ask and answer a fundamental question about modern society: Are men finished?

We'd like to invite you to attend the debate—we're offering Slate readers a 30 percent discount on tickets (see below)—and you're invited to submit questions for the debaters. We'll pick the most interesting one and moderator John Donvan will ask it at the debate.

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The debate proposition is "men are finished." What does that actually mean?  A modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men has led many experts to wonder if men are being permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women's status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback, or have the old rules changed for good?

Ladies, give yourself a night off from your second job as an astronaut or neurosurgeon. Men, take a break from your fantasy football league to see if you can save yourself. Join us at NYU's Skirball Center in New York City for an Oxford-style live debate. ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams and Hanna Rosin, award-winning journalist for Slate and the Atlantic, will argue for the motion that "men are finished." Feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers and Men's Health magazine editor-in-chief David Zinczenko will argue against it.

If you've got a question for the debaters, write it below in the Comments section of this article. We'll select one to read live at the debate. Be sure to include your full name and hometown with your question. You can also cast a vote for or against the motion in Slate's poll below.

When/Where: Sept. 20, 2011 at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, located at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).

The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with a cash-bar reception for panelists and audience members; the live debate starts at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. For venue information, click here.

Tickets: $40 ($12 for students with ID). Purchase tickets here, and be sure to enter the special Slate promotional discount code, Slate30, to receive 30 percent off your ticket.

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