Last time I addressed the issues surrounding married women working. It has been my observation after studying Australian Employment Statistics that with the onset of the dual income family that the employment participation rate of all other categories of population declined over time including single females, men in general and the youth. Young people were especially hard hit. Their unemployment rates were equivalent to the general population during the sixties and seventies. About halfway through the eighties there was a huge jump in the rate of unemployment for young people which has never declined to any significant level. It went from around 5-7 percent to around twenty five percent.
Now while this might not be a scholarly study I believe that the impact of women taking over the work force has been to take away the jobs of their own children or the children of others and also to take away the jobs of family men who were providing for their own jobs. I recall reading the story of a woman who decided to go for a job promotion against a man. Her colleagues wanted the man to get it because he had family and could do with the extra income to support them. They took a very dim view of her refusal to acquiesce to their wishes given that she had no family.
The inability of the young to get work has essentially removed them from the marriage market place at a time when they should be able to get married.
Davis Aurini takes this issue further in a recently published a piece on the impact women working in paid employment on the marriage market place.
So what happens when men and women are pushed into the same employment opportunities? The obvious: women’s sense of entitlement is inflated. Instead of an average woman looking to meet an average guy, her income makes her think that she deserves an above average guy – and I know you ladies aren’t so good at math, but I trust you can figure out the problem with this.
Meanwhile, earning an income does nothing to improve a woman’s Marriage Market Value. Us men value your intelligence, beauty, and compassion – not your bank account. You ladies value strength, leadership, and accomplishment – which does translate into bank account.
Earning the same income as your male peers ruins them as dating prospects; it raises the baseline of your expectations. And you ladies never noticed this because unsuccessful, undateable men are invisible to you – you really only notice the top ten percent.
I recommend the following as an exercise: look around your office, and at the men surrounding you. Instead of asking “Whom would I consider dating here?” you should instead ask “Whom here is a decent, dateable guy?” I predict that a large number of men will suddenly become visible to you – and yet you still wouldn’t consider dating them yourself.
Don’t think men haven’t noticed this; the crisis Rand Paul was talking about is a direct consequence of these shifts.
In a healthy society, hard-work and playing-by-the-rules are rewarded; in our present society they aren’t. For your average guy, working at your average job, the situation’s twice as stressful, and the reward is all but evaporated. Their egos are shot, the women ignore them, and their only outlets are video games and porn.
And you wonder why guys are dropping out.
Women haven’t replaced men – they’ve supplanted them. “Replace” would suggest that they’re now performing the same jobs, at the same capacity, that men used to perform, but they simply aren’t. From the very start, massive incentives and accommodations needed to be put into place, and even with all of that, women still predominate in A) Paid-forms of homemaking (Daycare, Social Services) and B) easy, air-conditioned office jobs. All of the hard-work that drives civilization – rough-necks, home construction, engineering – is still being performed by men.
As the only good Feminist Camille Paglia said, “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.” I would add to that – if we continue to hand our civilization over to women, we will soon be living in grass huts once more.