Feminist icon Gloria Steinem popularized the phrase, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” In addition to finding men irrelevant, she also found them injurious, insisting, “Most women are one man away from welfare.”
And when it came to marriage, she was famously dismissive of the practice, saying, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
Well, it seems as though today’s liberated women have come around to the idea of men and wanting to marry them. (Even Steinem eventually tied the knot.) This is all well and good; today, conversations about men’s “relevance” seem at worst sexist and at best boring.