Prof. Harvey Mansfield: There are certain things that haven't changed. For example, in New York City, the doormen are still 98 percent men.The guy wrote a whole book called Manliness and lifting furniture occasionally is the best he can come up with? I'm with the interviewer: Physical advantages are practically meaningless now that men are no longer hunter-gatherers. Of course, boors like him are no likely still earning more than their equally talented female competitors, so the battle continues.
Deborah Solomon, NYT interviewer: Yes, but fewer jobs depend on that sort of physical brawn as society becomes more technologically adept. Physical advantages are practically meaningless now that men are no longer hunter-gatherers.
I disagree with that.
When was the last time you did something that required physical strength?
It's true that nothing in my career requires physical strength, but in my relations with women, yes.
Lifting things, opening things. My wife is quite small.
What do you lift?
Furniture. Not every night, but routinely.