RENAMING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN: MANCESSION
March 3, 2011
In my middleclass neighborhood there are some twenty two family homes. Each one has a male adult and all but two are below the retirement age of 65. Seven of the twenty males are out of work, six laid off and one retired from military service looking for employment in the private sector.
Nineteen of the families have the woman of the house working full-time. Mine is one of them. The point being, it is easier for women to obtain work these days, or keep their jobs in the midst of layoffs than their husbands.
This is not a fluke in my neighborhood, not is it something local in my hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. Now there is evidence that the current economic downturn, which really has been chugging along since the fall of 2007, has affected men more than women, by better than a two-to-one margin.
Take, for instance, the feminist-oriented “White House Report on Women” released by the Obama Administration on Tuesday. Marc Rudov, the author and radio/TV personality known as The NoNonsense Man, doesn’t think much of the publication. “I discount any report about women from the White House,” he said. “President Obama has a clear female bias and agenda.” Rudov asserts, citing a major government study, that there is no real wage gap, as depicted in the White House report, and that the evidence shows that men have suffered the most from the economic downturn.
The report was released on the eve of International Women’s Day on March 8 and is expected to be used to push Senate ratification of the U.N.’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
However, a leading feminist and U.N. activist on “women’s rights,” former Rep. Bella Abzug, has just recently been exposed by her FBI file as a communist who maintained friendly contacts with the Soviet mission to the U.N. One FBI official called her “the highly controversial loud-mouthed Congresswoman.”
In regard to the White House report, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday let the modern feminist line dictate coverage of the document. On the alleged wage gap between men and women, he solemnly proclaimed, “An old problem is just as bad, just as serious, and it continues to hold women back economically.”
“The report says that women are still paid about 75 percent of what their male counterparts are paid,” said NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was brought on to assert that the new report provided “evidence” of such a gap.
“It’s a conclusion that does not sit well with women around the country,” Guthrie added.
But Rudov counters, “In January 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor received the results of a study it had commissioned from an outside consultancy on male and female wages. The report, ‘An Analysis of the Reasons for the Disparity in Wages,’ concluded that there is no gender-based wage gap.”
In addition, he says, “our economic downturn has been called the MANcession. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, when the economy deteriorated in 2009, men felt the brunt of it. Some 3.1 million jobs held by men were lost compared to only 1.6 million for women—and women now dominate in the workforce and increasingly in the ranks of management.”
The “MANcession” was even the subject of a New York Times article noting the recession has disproportionately hurt men.
At the same time, Rudov notes, “The reality is that women now earn the majority of undergraduate and graduate degrees. And, women in their 20s and 30s now out-earn their male counterparts across the United States. Time magazine calls this phenomenon the SHEconomy.”
On the supposed wage gap, which is where the feminists in the media and their male lackeys are now waging their next battle, Rudov notes that “In many cases, such as male welders and female dental hygienists, men and women often do very different jobs and get paid differently. To claim there is an average male wage and average female wage is both disingenuous and mathematically inaccurate.”
“The differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action,” his website points out. “Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
Indeed, the report, “An Analysis of the Reasons for the Disparity in Wages,” states that “the raw wage gap continues to be used in misleading ways to advance public policy agendas without fully explaining the reasons behind the gap” and that “There are observable differences in the attributes of men and women that account for most of the wage gap.”
Rudov concluded, “It seems that Mr. Obama’s report conflicts with the facts.”
But the liberal media did not bother to point this out.
Rudov notes that journalist Hanna Rosin, cofounder of DoubleX and a contributing editor to The Atlantic, recently gave a presentation at the TED Conference called “Women Are Taking Control of Everything.” DoubleX is a feminist Web magazine launched by Slate, which is owned by The Washington Post.
In the TED presentation, Rosin declares, “We are now going through an amazing and unprecedented moment where the power dynamics between men and women are shifting very rapidly. And in many of the places where it counts the most, women are in fact taking control of everything.”
Rosin wrote an article, “The End of Men,” asserting that women will dominate the new economy. She is now writing a book by the same name.
Slate highlights a “favorite moment” in the Rosin speech “when Hanna quotes one of the students she spoke to at a college in Kansas, who told her that ‘men are the new ball and chain.’”
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