I think the story should really be “People losing life skills”.
Most men don’t have many ‘male’ skills left either – repairing things, building things, yard work,….
This shouldn’t be about gender – it should be about the fact that most urbanites would not be able to survive if they couldn’t buy a new one or pay someone to fix it.
Whatever happened to taking a bit of pride in being self-sufficient? I don’t mean wacko survivalist stuff, but come ON.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Sadly, people are becoming insects.