11 July 2006
When women cut down on work, prefer part-time employment or avoid stressful jobs or long hours, they are being independent and savvy as they perfect their work/life balance.
When us men cut down on work, prefer part-time employment or avoid stressful jobs or long hours, we are being useless lazy slackers.
It’s not really difficult to wonder why this double-standard exists of course; to many women, and to all feminists, us men are mere workhorses and walking wallets. Women want their work/life balance; in other words, to be able to do little work but get plenty of pay, and all sorts of benefits to release them from other obligations, like free childcare so they don’t have to bother looking after their children. Someone has to cover for them, to pay the taxes or take up the slack, and what better people than us mere men?
This is why women have this paradoxical ability to celebrate their increasing dominance (although mainly through positive discrimination/affirmative action) of Higher Education and in the ranks of newly qualified professional high-earning occupations like doctors, solicitors, etc, yet at the same time start to panic at the shrinking number of men in colleges and in the ranks of newly qualified professional high-earning occupations like doctors, solicitors, etc.
They hate the idea of there not being enough men to pick up the slack when it’s time to go part-time or quit altogether after a good six-years or so in the workforce as so many women seem to do. Or at least want to do.
And God forbid things should be reversed and, whether on an individual or collective basis, women should ever have to support men.
Avoiding marriage and co-habiting is also a good step a man can take to ensure that at least one more woman out there has to keep slaving away rather than quit and retire on a man’s hard-earned money.
No way am I working my bollocks off to ensure some woman can get her fucking work/life balance perfected. I’m too busy supporting myself and ensuring I have plenty of time to relax. Let women stress themselves into an early grave at the careers they demanded to have. Let them show how great their uber-multi-tasking skillz are by running the economy at their Pink Collar jobs.
I’m busy getting by on my own and taking it easy.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 6:46 PM
At 1:43 PM, Bryce said…
Maybe all those “underachieving” boys and men who still live at home we hear so much about in the news are really “taking it easy” as you put it. Males are smarter than we think and have caught on to Double Standard #24,991, methinks.
The only reason why we hear about this situation is because it means that more women won’t have the option of hooking up with a high-achieving, high-status man so that they can be ladies who lunch (oops, I mean stay at home mothers) and will have to work until they drop.
This situation is quite entrenched in the African-American community in the USA, with a tremendous gap between men and women in terms of educational and career achievement. Most African-American women will NEVER find a marriage partner because most African-American men aren’t even in the work force. It’s been said that the African-American community is a canary in the mineshaft for many social problems; that is, many problems appear first and spread most quickly in the African-American community, and eventually they take hold in the general population. So, expect this trend to continue and worsen.
The way to win the war on feminism is to retreat from the battlefield because you can’t have a fight if one side doesn’t participate.