Are the men in the United States losing it? At school, in the workforce and in their families? I thought I'd share these facts and
statistics----because they spell out a rather difficult path---especially for young men in America today:
This is NOT a feminist post. This is an interesting discussion on trends in our country and something everyone should be aware of, especially if you
are raising sons:
Earlier this year, women became the majority
of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for
every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same.
Since 2000, manufacturing has lost almost 6 million jobs, more than a third of its total workforce, and has taken in few young workers. Manual labor
jobs are drying up. American men need to become adaptable to new workforce trends.
And there appears to be a trend when it comes to sperm selection and in-vitro fertilization: For the first time since this practice began, more
couples are chosing girls when it comes to selecting the gender of their child. This is an interesting trend, because "the first born son" has been
the organizing principle since civilization started. Men in ancient Greece tied off their left testicle in an effort to produce male heirs; women have
killed themselves (or been killed) for failing to bear sons.
Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But for the first time in human history, that is changing—and with shocking
Sociologists are studying whether or not the economics of this era are better suited to women: Look at these most recent facts:
Women now hold the majority of the nations's jobs.
Women dominate today’s colleges and professional schools—for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Of
the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women. Indeed, the U.S. economy
is in some ways becoming a kind of traveling sisterhood: upper-class women leave home and enter the workforce, creating domestic jobs for other women
The attributes that are most valuable today—social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus—are women orientated
attributes. Physical size and strength aren't as much needed as they were before in this new "information age."
Men dominate just two of the 15 job categories
projected to grow the most over the next decade: janitor and computer engineer. Women have
everything else—nursing, home health assistance, child care, food preparation. Many of the new jobs replace the things that women used to do in the
home for free. None is especially high-paying. But the steady accumulation of these jobs adds up to an economy that, for the working class, has become
more amenable to women than to men.
Most importantly, men have seemed unwilling to adapt:
Nursing schools have tried hard to recruit men in the past few years, with minimal
success. Teaching schools, eager to recruit male role models, are having a similarly hard time. Men have shied away from some careers women have
Women are also starting to dominate middle management, and a surprising number of professional careers as well. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, women now hold 51.4 percent of managerial and professional jobs—up from 26.1 percent in 1980. They make up 54 percent of all
accountants and hold about half of all banking and insurance jobs. About a third of America’s physicians are now women, as are 45 percent of
associates in law firms—and both those percentages are rising fast.
Women earn almost 60 percent of all bachelor’s degree. In a stark reversal since the 1970s, men are now more likely than women to hold only a
In 2006, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development began measuring the economic and political power of women in 162 countries. With
few exceptions, the greater the power of women, the greater the country’s economic success. Aid agencies have started to recognize this relationship
and have pushed to institute political quotas in about 100 countries, essentially forcing women into power in an effort to improve those countries’
Researchers admit some of these changes over the years have been bad for men and bad for kids-------
What do you think ATS?
What happened to the Marlboro Man?
edit on 20-2-2011 by MRuss because: (no reason given)