Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Daily Show lampoons those who argue men are falling behind

Love it.


  1. I would debate this, but I don't feel I can communicate my feelings and be understood by women . I'm taking this issue to a wisdom circle...can someone direct me to the nearest congregation of men?

  2. I can't believe I had missed this episode. Thanks for posting this Mongoose6!

  3. The thing is, I do have some sympathy for what this particular group of men is complaining about, they just don't articulate it very well. The situation for the American man with only a high school education has gotten significantly worse in the last 40 years. It used to be he could get a pretty decent job. These men are not really comparable to those running Fortune 500 firms or at the top echelons of government. However, I think it is an unjustified leap to imply sexism as the cause. The actual cause is more likely to be a changing economy (loss of manufacturing jobs, the need for a college degree to secure a job, etc). The relative rise of women in the workforce has definitely made it more difficult for some men (more competition), but that also doesn't mean it is a bad trend. Anyways, I just want to point out that it is a more complex issue than the Daily Show or MRAs give it.

  4. High School education issue is a biggie. Now you need 2yrs of college or military service to be a cop or firefighter in NYC. Well the job market isn't any better for women with only high school educations. For example, there are so many ads for vocational schools offering programs to do things where a high school diploma was enough: medical receptionist, day-care workers. Anyways, there are still many careers where woman aren't really more competition; construction for example.

  5. From a recent New York Times article: "Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education."

    So even though the job market may be equivalent for men and women with only a high school education, one source of increasing inequality could be that most recent college graduates are now women. As the stock of college-educated people in the workplace comes into better alignment with the flow of people coming out of colleges, I expect to see greater dominance of women in the workplace.


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