Men, gird your loins: there is a “mancession” coming for you

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This is the future of America. Yi-Yi-Yi-Yi-Yi!

As Hanna Rosin pointed out way back when in her controversial Atlantic cover story “The End of Men,” guys are suffering way worse in this depression than their female counterparts. The explanation is twofold:  traditionally woman-friendly industries like health care and education are growing while man-friendly industries like manufacturing and construction have been decimated by the recession.

This is nothing new (see the below category for this post), but writers everywhere are having fun coming up with cutesy monikers for the times. Columnists are deeming this economy a “mancession” that is dominated by a “she-covery.”

So as men everywhere are covering their collective crotch in what is sure to be a stampede of powerful, hungry women who will eat them alive, women can expect to abolish marriage altogether, unless they find themselves a nice househusband, and single-handedly resurrect the economy with some some mani-pedis while they ride this crappy economy thing over.  Who knows, maybe this new majority of the workforce can even start getting equal pay one day…

Gender-normative career paths 4eva!

Yup, science confirms women with jobs are allergic to marriage

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She learned this in management training.

Ladies, if you need another reason to give up on this whole “success” thing, there’s more proof that love is just not sustainable when you’re the only one paying the rent.

We already explained why the unemployed trophy househusband is really just a fanciful illusion. And if you weren’t feeling hopeless enough, female breadwinners are nearly 40 percent more likely to get a divorce than cash-strapped women, according to a  25-year study. Continue reading

Unemployed men are one apron string away from becoming real housewives


Some lucky ladies already have this hunky jobless maid to themselves for FREE.

In a great piece for the New York Observer, fellow Columbia grad Alex Symonds (hi!) chronicles a trend she noticed among the male unemployed: jobless and aimless, they are turning into the reverse June Cleavers of 2010: buying groceries for their wives, taking care of their kids, and meticulously cleaning smudgy surfaces all over the house.

We’ve noticed this domesticated male epidemic already. And once or twice before. It’s not very new, but Symonds brings a deeper level of sophistication to the stats and notices that men are not only taking over all the housework, but also feeling a similar sense of ennui Betty Friedan chronicled among the ’50s women chained to their kitchens in The Feminine Mystique. Continue reading

Move over, lazy menfolk who no longer have jobs

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How hot do our biceps look right now?

The always fab and women’s-rights-loving Nicholas Kristof points out in his NYT column today that “in this decade, for the first time in American history, men no longer inevitably dominate the labor force. Women were actually the majority of payroll employees for the five months that ended in March, according to one measure from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s mostly because about three-quarters of Americans who lost their jobs in the Great Recession were men.”

That’s right: suck it, XY-chromosomed losers.

Now, this whole lipstick-dominated workplace phenomenon isn’t new. Continue reading

WSJ reports that, basically, working women are taking over the world


Yes we can! And...yes we kinda have to.

In what sounds like an obvious consequence of the recession, poor housewives have been forced to snap off their aprons and don those working girl blazers. But as Kelly Evans reports, “the composition of the nation’s work force is approaching an unprecedented benchmark.” And the statistics speak for themselves:

Due in part to deep layoffs of men, women are poised to become the majority of workers for the first time. As of September, women held 49.9% of the nation’s jobs, excluding farm workers and the self-employed, a rise of 1.2 percentage points from their 48.7% share when the recession began in December 2007. In 1970, women held 35% of jobs.

Deep cuts in male-heavy sectors like construction and manufacturing have left unemployment for men age 16 and over at 11.4% as of October — a quarter-century high. Joblessness among women is lower, at 8.8%, as employment in female-heavy sectors like education and health care has remained steadier.

Since the recession began, the number of women age 16 and over in the labor force — which includes both the employed and those who are looking for work — has expanded by 300,000 to 71.7 million. Meanwhile, the number of men working or seeking work has dropped by 123,000 to 82.28 million, according to the Department of Labor.

Woot! Grrlz rule! But of course, here’s the kicker.

Despite households’ increasing reliance on the female paycheck, women still earn markedly less than men. […] The median earnings of full-time working women in 2008, the first year of the recession, fell by 1.9% to $35,745, while earnings for men declined 1% to $46,367, according to the Commerce Department.

Don’t you feel proud to be an American, ladies? Let’s just hope these jobs come with health insurance.

As 75% of lost jobs were held by men, women become primary source of income



A weekly round-up of hopeless economy news.

  • So far, 7.5 million jobs have been lost in this recession, and the lion’s share of them — 75 percent — were held by men. Meanwhile, more and more women have had to become their family’s primary source of income. But women still don’t make as much money as men. [NPR]
  • The high unemployment of unmarried women, and particularly the 1.3 million unemployed female heads of household who are primary breadwinners for their families, is devastating to their financial circumstances and standard of living. [American Progress]
  • In all, more than one out of every six workers — 17.5 percent — were unemployed or underemployed in October. The previous recorded high was 17.1 percent, in December 1982. [NYT]
  • It hurts more to be unemployed now than the last time the jobless rate hit 10 percent. Americans have more than triple the debt they had in 1982, and less than half the savings. They spend 10 weeks longer off the job. And a bigger share of them have no health insurance, leaving them one medical emergency away from financial ruin. [AP] Continue reading