In my last article for Crush The Street, I discussed that while the feminist agenda has propagated significantly for women’s rights and equality, their efforts have largely failed relative to other major nations. Nevertheless, they have succeeded on another front: the ongoing war on men.
At first glance, the notion seems ridiculous. The war on men? The good ole boy culture dominates American society despite substantial efforts to attack gender roles. You can even look at our recent presidential election as evidence. A white-majority America will much rather accept a black President than a female one.
However, it’s not as strange as it may sound. Notably, Fox News journalist and on-air personality Tucker Carlson has taken the issue center stage. Broadcasting a series of segments detailing male issues, Carlson details that the average American man is far more disadvantaged than at any other time in history.
Some might view Carlson as a conservative crank. But even if that were the case, other evidence paints a disturbing picture regarding the war on men. For instance, how many media programs have you witnessed where traditional gender roles are ridiculed?
Irrespective of source, the feminist agenda rings out: men are useless and must be pushed to the fringes.
The Severe Consequences of the War on Men
Admittedly, the evidence regarding media presentations is subjective. What’s not open for interpretation is the resultant damages. The war on men has rendered almost intractable damage to our economy.
Since January 2000, women’s labor-market participation declined 4.7% from 60.1% to 57.3%. That’s not a bad decline considering the multiple market setbacks, outright crashes, and economic recessions.
Men, however, endured a far more shocking decline. In January 2000, their participation rate was 75.1%. In the latest reading (July 2018), participation dropped to 68.9%, or a magnitude 8.3% loss. Compared to female workers, that’s nearly twice the decline rate!
Not only that, male participation in the workforce has been on the decline since the Federal Reserve first started taking measurements, back in January 1948. But the sharpest losses occurred recently, since the beginning of 2008, when male participation dropped 6.1%. Not even the tumultuous 1960s produced such losses, despite people questioning matters such as gender roles during that time.
Indeed, the evidence is all around us. The war on men is a legitimate concern, and it may continue to worsen.