ozarque (ozarque) wrote,
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Men are in decline???

I won't be renewing my subscription to Fortune, because its standard pattern is a couple of solid articles surrounded by vast expanses of ads -- plus, it's more expensive than those two solid articles are worth. But the 10/13/08 issue had a brief piece that caught my attention. [I'd give you a link to it, but everything I've tried at Google so far has given me only trouble; I hope you have better luck on your own.]

The article, on pp. 185-186, is a teaser excerpt from Guy Garcia's new book The Decline of Men, coming out this month from Harper. It claims, on page 186, that although the gender gap in wages hasn't disappeared, there are some demographics where it has reversed itself: Women in their 20s living in large cities are making more money than "their male counterparts," and the incomes of men "have stalled or declined."

Plus, it says that "Among American men in their prime working years -- between the ages of 30 and 55 -- 13% are not working, up from 5% during the 1960s" and a growing number of those men aren't blue-collar workers whose jobs have disappeared overseas, they're "college-educated professionals in their 30s and 40s who have been out of a job for years."

The explanation offered in the excerpt, if I'm following it correctly, is that today's global markets should be described as "increasingly feminine" and unless men adapt to that they "may find their next position is at the end of an unemployment line."

Here's the subtitle blurb:
"Are guys cut out for the womanized workplace of the 21st century? In an excerpt from a new book, The Decline of Men, the author explores why many males are tuning out and giving up."

I don't know what to make of this -- perhaps because I'm a woman in my 70s living way out in the country.

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