American Men, Falling Behind Women … Fast

As reported in today’s New York Times, since the start of this recession, men have suffered 82 percent of the nations job losses. Net: for the first time in US history women are poised to hold more jobs than men.

 

The collapsing number of male jobs in the increasingly female-centric economy just adds to the already harsher impact of OverSuccess on males:

·     Women now earn 58 percent of college degrees and 61 percent of masters degrees, slight majority of advanced degrees … to become 6/10 by middle of next decade.

·     For the first time, as of 2005, median annual earnings for never-married, childless women and men aged 25-44 were statistically identical. Census data. Smaller female paychecks caused by child rearing responsibilities, which continue to and will always fall more heavily on women until we reengineer brains.

·     Full time women earnings up 33% since 1972, down for average male (up only for top 20% of males).  Census data.

  • Women already outnumber men in management, professional, and related occupations.
  • Men are charged with 82 percent of violent crimes and 89 percent of murders, women with 53 percent of embezzlements and 45 percent of frauds.
  • Over the period 1974 to 2000, 71 percent of school shooters—all of them were males—had been previously bullied, persecuted, or physically injured.
  • Over the last century, between 75 and 85 percent of the world’s serial killers were American and 90 percent were men. Serial killing victimization rates exploded by about 35 times between the 1950s and 1980s.

Bottom line: the collaborative, flexible, amorphously-hierarchical American economy is shutting out ordinary men who were once the nation’s breadwinners in living-wage labor and manufacturing jobs. Because status success is more vital to the male psychology, males are falling over the edge in increasing numbers.

5 thoughts on “American Men, Falling Behind Women … Fast

  1. Grace Kewl

    Just as women have had to; this presents an opportunity for men to reinvent themselves. It could be that the predominant patriarchal hierarchy to which we all have been overwhelmingly subjected is shifting into a new paradigm towards a balance between the sexes. Or rather, as the statistics may point to, a greater increase in violence from men. The shallow perpetuation of male success equating to breadwinning abilities is a tragedy for the human male, and undervalues and degrades who men are as individuals. Men deserve the right to exist without the same types of stereotypes that have held women hostage for centuries – Namaste

  2. Mike C

    Heard your interview on NPR today. Enjoyed it very much, which prompted me to look up your website. I found a mistake, though. Not all school shooters since 1974 have been male. On January 29, 1979, 16-year old Brenda Ann Spencer killed 2 people (a principal and a janitor) and wounded 8 children. Very famous, because her rationale (I don’t like Mondays) led to the famous Boomtown Rats song of the summer of 1979. just thought you’d like to know.

  3. admin Post author

    Mike:
    I stand corrected, but I wipe my brow by blaming my source for the data, the US Dept of ED and Secret Service which gathered the school shooter/violence data.

    Grace:
    Men’s problem is largely biological. We average men dont fit American as well as we did in, say, 1950, when abundant mfgring jobs paid a living wage enuf to support an entire family. Today’s collaborative economy is better for the average woman than the average man.

  4. Gary G

    I find it just a little ironic that all of this is being said by a very successful writer who doesn’t bear the “average man’s” pressures.

    just sayin’

  5. admin Post author

    This response applies only to those who are beyond the pressures of below-subsistence life. The greater the extent to which one pursues goals beyond one’s capacity, the greater the psych pressure.

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