03/18/2013 11:35 am ET

Hardwired To Disappoint? The Crushingly Low Expectations Of Men

Young women are more sexually confident than ever before. Hooking up is less emotionally devastating than we've been led to believe. They enjoy unprecedented personal and professional opportunities. Yet the same book that reports this welcome news also describes contemporary 20-something young women as more overwhelmed by "confusion, uncertainty, and anxiety" than any prior generation. Hungry for romantic fulfillment, they're highly doubtful about their own chances of being able to find both enduring love and professional success. As it turns out, a healthy chunk of this cynicism is rooted in ever-diminishing expectations of men.

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