GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Men are now the 2nd sex....

Nice to see an article by Christina Hoff Sommers...
Fast forward to 2009, and you find that women are now fully half of the American workforce. They earn 57 percent of bachelor's degrees, 59 percent of master's degrees, and half the doctorates. Females have achieved parity with males in law school and medical school and left their male counterparts in the dust in fields like veterinary medicine and psychology. Women serve as presidents of Harvard, MIT, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and many other leading research universities. Today American women are among the healthiest, freest, best-educated women in the world, and they score near the top on international surveys of happiness and life satisfaction.

True, the 1970s feminist vision of a fully egalitarian society has not been fulfilled. Contemporary women and men are not pursuing identical career paths. Vast numbers of women—including many with advanced degrees—cut back or drop out of the workplace when they have children. In a 2007 Pew study, parents of children under 18 were asked, "What working situation would be ideal for you?" Seventy-two percent of fathers, but only 20 percent of mothers, said "full-time work." (For a majority of mothers, part-time employment was the ideal.) Hard-line feminists interpret such results as more evidence of "deeply ingrained gendering," and they work ceaselessly to reset priorities. But isn't it possible that in following the venerable feminist dream of "not being at the mercy of the world, but as builder and designer of that world," women do things their own way?

In Friedan's day, women were clearly the second sex. Not so today. Yes, many women are struggling with the challenge of combining family and work. But men do not have it easy either. They are increasingly less educated than women. They are bearing the brunt of the recession. The New York Times recently reported that "a full 82 percent of the job losses have befallen men." Reuters referred to the surging male unemployment rate as a "blood bath." Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "FastStats" show that men are less likely than women to be insured—and more likely to drink, smoke, and be overweight. They also die six years earlier than women on average.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The system has engineered this 'change' largely for numbers and quota reasons. The fallout is yet to be seen if there will be any? (real conservative)

3:27 PM  
Blogger Scary Fundamentalist said...

I was interested in this when I read an article in the Post about the negative impact of the gender ratio among doctors:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1610485

The feminists complain when women make up 40% of a particular prestigious profession, but once it gets to 40% men, they are smugly silent.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary Fundamentalist - who is being smug? I remind you that when you point a finger at others you have 3 pointing back at you.

While the numbers indicate that men are losing more jobs all I can say is well - that's just the way it is. After WWII untold scores of women were told to get out of the factories and back into the kitchen. So really it's not good when anyone loses a job. It really doesn't matter what their gender is.

As for men not taking care of themselves you can hardly lay the blame for that on women. I guarantee you that there is no woman out there you says to her man "I insist you drink more, sit on your ass and watch more tv and oh yeah I just fried a couple of chickens - make sure you eat it all!"

10:50 AM  
Blogger Scary Fundamentalist said...

Anon:

"that's just the way it is" - that's pretty funny. When women lose jobs, it's a national crisis, but when men lose their jobs, it's the way the cookie crumbles.

Here's some examples of the alarm raised for women:

Britain: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5581549.ece

Canada: http://www.caw.ca/en/5664.htm

Worldwide:
http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2009-03/2009-03-05-voa54.cfm?CFID=203506198&CFTOKEN=23830611&jsessionid=8430132da042899572edd382456873416172

I've never pointed fingers at anyone for holding a job based on merit. The finger-pointing is being done by those who blame the system and install quota systems to skew the balance.

For example: Here in BC the NDP party has turfed some potential candidates for MLA simply because they were male.

11:28 AM  

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