Has the success of women in the workforce reduced the need for heterosexual relationships beyond procreation and fornication? This question has been lingering in my mind for over the last four years, but I couldn’t reach a definitive opinion on the matter. It was triggered by my observations and perceptions of the dating scene in developed countries where women are significant participants in the workforce.
I concluded that men and women don’t want meaningful lifelong relationships or partnerships after I came across and watched the presentation of “Countering The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (1987) by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu on 26 April 2020. In 1987, he asserted that “America” believes in the computer economy. That belief translated into a belief in the single-parent family structure, which removed men from the household. He was referring specifically to Black men, but it applied to all U.S. citizens. This assessment from 1987, in my opinion, has been fully realized in 2020.
Dr. Kunjufu’s analysis concluded that the economy was the root cause of single-parent households by indicating that the relationships were based on economic benefits. As in, men and women would be in relationships, but because of economic factors, they are not. My view is far more pessimistic and cynical. Sure, love is real, and when found, I believe it can be blissful, and I agree with the Dr., economic benefits motivate human relationships. However, in our rawest form, humans are just another variation of animals on the planet and happen to be at the top of the food chain. I assert that humans fall under the natural patterns found in nature.
Observation and research have shown that many life forms on the planet come together during a mating season to procreate and separate. Observation shows that many life forms cohabitate to work together to find food and protect the offspring.
I submit that humans fall in the cohabitate category and will most certainly continue to form lifelong partnerships based on love and economic benefits — the working power couple. However, as most “western men and women” without the need to cohabitate for economic benefits continue to increase, I wonder, do men want women, do women want men. I believe that as the economic benefits of relationships dwindle, humans will come together to procreate and fornicate, but ultimately separate, avoiding long term relationships. What I cannot answer; is this learned behavior as a result of the environment or the natural state.
Update to follow…
“Countering The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (1987) by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu