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Which gender is losing the zero-sum gender war?

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Charlotte Hays of the Independent Women’s Forum introduces the issue of which gender is losing the zero-sum gender war.

As I pointed out earlier, Women’s History Month this year is set to be a bummer. Women are doing very well, thank you very much, and don’t require a special month of pandering. Even the administration’s much ballyhooed report on women in America-which sought to treat women as a special class in need of government goodies-couldn’t quite disguise this. (There was some desperate fiddling with those famously misleading wage-gap figures in the report, however.)

Men, on the other hand, aren’t doing that well. In a letter to the editor of the American Spectator, Tom Pauken, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and author of Bringing America Home, points out:

Long-term trends in the labor market have been particularly brutal for men, but our Washington policymakers appear to be either unaware of such trends or to have ignored them for the most part. Over the past decade, the total number of jobs for women went up by close to a million. Meanwhile, men lost more than 3 million jobs. From 1960 to 2008, the average unemployment rate for men 25 years and older was 4.2 percent. In the last two years, it has more than doubled, shooting up to 8.9 percent. By contrast, unemployment for women of the same age and for the same period of time went from 4.7 percent to 7.2 percent, an increase of 52 percent. The disparity is more striking if one considers that women’s rate of participation in the workforce has risen sharply since 1960 while the percentage of men in the job market has been shrinking.

Pauken says that, given the decline in manufacturing jobs, working-class men who suffer most. The unemployment leads to bad habits, including fathering children out of wedlock.

It’s well worth reading the whole thing.

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  1. The White House has something called a “Council on Women and Girls”. Not just ‘Women’, mind you, but ‘Women and Girls’. There is no council on ‘Men and Boys’. Just stop it,please. Just stop all of it. The District of Columbia needs to be turned into a museum.

    • No, no, not a museum! If that were to happen, we taxpayers would be on the hook to keep it maintained. 😉

      In all honesty, neither gender is winning the zero-sum game. It may seem like women are winning it because of materialistic measures but they are losing far more than they are gaining because what they are losing is immeasurably priceless.

      • Good point. I phrased it that way because the assumption that men need to be punished in order for women to have better opportunities is clearly a destructive one. And the game isn’t even zero sum. If 3 million men have lost jobs and 1 million women have gained jobs, then that’s 2 million jobs that just went away. The end-result of excessive regulation (and what progressive-envisioned regulation is not excessive?) is to destroy what it regulates, not to bring those who were behind up to the level of those who were ahead.

  2. Women are still a protected class, thanks to LBJ’s pandering for Liberal votes in 67, and are still considered a minority according to Affirmative Action law. There are small business loans, just for women, and, there are federal government programs where they favor women owned companies applying for government contracting awards. It really does say that when they put the contracts out for bidding. I worked for a female business owner who applied for some of those contracts.

    In 2008, according to what I’ve read, Obama got 56% of the female vote, while McCain only got 43%, despite McCain having a female on the ticket. Nose plugs were needed by many to vote for McCain, but, seems that some thought Obama had a nicer butt than McCain, and voted on that basis. Maybe it was the picture of him and his abs in the ocean. Maybe it’s just me, but, as a female, I wouldn’t have voted for him if he claimed he was the anti-Kraken. Actually, I think he did claim that, which was the first of a series of lies.

    • Just watch out for the feminazies (sp cause I ain’t one) Liberal women that want to become the next Lorena Bobbitt. You’re OK here as Conservative women know when they have a good thing going. I stand with my gender that understand that it ain’t about male/female, it’s about defeating the Communists.

  3. I might get in trouble for this one but I just never understood why any woman would need to moan about equality with their male counterparts. Why they have to use the loudspeaker demanding respect and so forth. A person can be dumb or brilliant, strong or weak, male or female. For the most part, men are stronger. No amount of protesting will change that fact. As far as the dumb or brilliant, body parts don’t enter the picture. I’d rather be called feminine than a feminist. I think men are losing because somewhere in the last twenty years or so, men stopped acting like men and what is worse, the women started acting like men. They just don’t make’em like my father any more.

  4. Here is the real sad thing about this all. I don’t have the statistics at hand to make the point, but everyone knows it is true: fifty years ago, one man could be the traditional breadwinner and support his family in a reasonable middle class existence, in a home he and his wife owned. Today, for a multitude of reasons ranging from the weakening dollar, and what has been discussed above, most men cannot do this even if they wanted to. The result is millions and millions of latch key kids as their moms are in the work force, and yes, I will say it, millions and millions of women postponing childbearing (if they otherwise are able and have the opportuity). Our society is much the poorer and dysfunctional for this. The traditional family unit is stressed almost to the breaking point, merely in trying to exist. Not the case 50 years ago.

  1. The White House has something called a “Council on Women and Girls”. Not just ‘Women’, mind you, but ‘Women and Girls’. There is no council on ‘Men and Boys’. Just stop it,please. Just stop all of it. The District of Columbia needs to be turned into a museum.

    • No, no, not a museum! If that were to happen, we taxpayers would be on the hook to keep it maintained. 😉

      In all honesty, neither gender is winning the zero-sum game. It may seem like women are winning it because of materialistic measures but they are losing far more than they are gaining because what they are losing is immeasurably priceless.

      • Good point. I phrased it that way because the assumption that men need to be punished in order for women to have better opportunities is clearly a destructive one. And the game isn’t even zero sum. If 3 million men have lost jobs and 1 million women have gained jobs, then that’s 2 million jobs that just went away. The end-result of excessive regulation (and what progressive-envisioned regulation is not excessive?) is to destroy what it regulates, not to bring those who were behind up to the level of those who were ahead.

  2. Women are still a protected class, thanks to LBJ’s pandering for Liberal votes in 67, and are still considered a minority according to Affirmative Action law. There are small business loans, just for women, and, there are federal government programs where they favor women owned companies applying for government contracting awards. It really does say that when they put the contracts out for bidding. I worked for a female business owner who applied for some of those contracts.

    In 2008, according to what I’ve read, Obama got 56% of the female vote, while McCain only got 43%, despite McCain having a female on the ticket. Nose plugs were needed by many to vote for McCain, but, seems that some thought Obama had a nicer butt than McCain, and voted on that basis. Maybe it was the picture of him and his abs in the ocean. Maybe it’s just me, but, as a female, I wouldn’t have voted for him if he claimed he was the anti-Kraken. Actually, I think he did claim that, which was the first of a series of lies.

    • Just watch out for the feminazies (sp cause I ain’t one) Liberal women that want to become the next Lorena Bobbitt. You’re OK here as Conservative women know when they have a good thing going. I stand with my gender that understand that it ain’t about male/female, it’s about defeating the Communists.

  3. I might get in trouble for this one but I just never understood why any woman would need to moan about equality with their male counterparts. Why they have to use the loudspeaker demanding respect and so forth. A person can be dumb or brilliant, strong or weak, male or female. For the most part, men are stronger. No amount of protesting will change that fact. As far as the dumb or brilliant, body parts don’t enter the picture. I’d rather be called feminine than a feminist. I think men are losing because somewhere in the last twenty years or so, men stopped acting like men and what is worse, the women started acting like men. They just don’t make’em like my father any more.

  4. Here is the real sad thing about this all. I don’t have the statistics at hand to make the point, but everyone knows it is true: fifty years ago, one man could be the traditional breadwinner and support his family in a reasonable middle class existence, in a home he and his wife owned. Today, for a multitude of reasons ranging from the weakening dollar, and what has been discussed above, most men cannot do this even if they wanted to. The result is millions and millions of latch key kids as their moms are in the work force, and yes, I will say it, millions and millions of women postponing childbearing (if they otherwise are able and have the opportuity). Our society is much the poorer and dysfunctional for this. The traditional family unit is stressed almost to the breaking point, merely in trying to exist. Not the case 50 years ago.

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