How’s It Feel? (or) SUCK IT UP!

Aww poor babies- it’s a “mancession”. Yup- it’s a new word they invented- “mancession”- give me a break for crying out loud.

So what the hell is this crap? The recession (which we were told in 08 did not exist) is apparently affecting the boyz more than the wimminz.

‘Mancession’ Portends Depressing Future for Men

Societal and economic shifts may put more men in Western countries at risk for depression, scientists worry.

“Western men, particularly those with low education levels, will face a difficult road in the 21st century,” write the authors of an editorial in the March issue of The British Journal of Psychiatry. “It may be more difficult, on average, for men to adjust to a domestic role than for women to adjust to a work role.”

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The recent economic downturn has been dubbed the “Mancession” for its disproportionate effect on traditional male industries, such as construction and manufacturing. Meanwhile, women are outpacing men in the pursuit of undergraduate and graduate degrees and becoming a larger share of primary household earners.

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If men are innately less suited to care for young children and maintain households, then their increased contribution in this area could lead to lowered self-esteem and more depression.

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Even so, “men in the changing economy will still face the same risks for depression that women faced in older economies: trapped in a family role from which they cannot escape because of an inability to find employment,” the researchers write.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????  There is so much baloney in there I could make sandwiches for the entire population of a small country. Let’s see-  more difficult for men to adjust to a domestic role than for women to adjust to work? Do you see the sexism there?  The underlying sentiment is that “domestic role” is NOT work. Because for all of history that role has been mostly filled by women. Perhaps the reason it is easier for women to adjust to a paying job is because we are multi-taskers. Cook, nurse, maid, gardener, laundress, secretary, accountant and mother.

Next bit of sexism up- more women are going to college and earning degrees. Putting the boyz at a disadvantage how? It’s only ok for them to compete for jobs when they are competing against other boyz? And it depresses the poor things if the little woman earns a higher salary? (Given the new findings that we have progressed to making .75 on the dollar compared to men I say TOUGH!)

Shall we go on? Men are less suited to child care and housework and so they are at higher risk for depression and lowered self esteem if they are required to assume those roles? There we go again- taking care of children and doing housework is lowly, unimportant work and therefore not worthy occupations for the boyz. It is just dandy for the womenz though.

And this is a gem- the poor menz- they will face the same risk of depression as thousands of generations of women before them who were “trapped in a family role from which they cannot escape….”

The whole thing is sickening in the face of this-

(CNN) — The earnings gap between men and women has narrowed, but a new White House report shows that on average women still only make about 75% as much as their male counterparts.

The report released Tuesday shows that women have not only caught up with men in college attendance but in fact have surpassed them, yet that gain hasn’t translated into the pocketbook. Statistics also show women are more likely than men to live in poverty.

You can read the entire Women in America report here.

Meanwhile I say to the menz- quit your whining and WOMAN UP!

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Personal Income Drops? Really?

And we needed somebody to tell us?

Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

I think most of us had that figured out- but thanks for the confirmation.

An interesting thing in that article- check out the interactive map. You can see state by state numbers.  There is a link to another  Wall Street Journal article –

Overview 2009: Income,

Population, Jobs and Home Prices

by State

Overall U.S. per capita income dropped 2.6% to about $31,000. Connecticut, home to many of the titans of finance, continued to be the state with the highest per capita income in the nation at $54,000, but it was in the top 10 in terms of declines from 2008 with a 3.3% drop. Wyoming had the largest personal income drop in the country at 5.9%. Only four states posted gains in per capita personal income with West Virginia coming out on top with a 1.8% increase, though it has seventh lowest level in the nation.

Wow- where would we be without the “news” to tell us we are all going broke?

I published this and went out to physical therapy and when I came back there was a comment in the spam filter. An ad for a payday loan thing! If it wasn’t so pitiful I would laugh!

Also found this-

How to Gauge Your Middle-Class Status

Despite the so-called recovery, many families continue to struggle, with income and other living standards slipping below thresholds that typically represent middle-class quality of life. We’ve assembled a variety of metrics to help determine whether you’re getting ahead, holding steady, or slipping further than most.

And I also found this-

7 Stressors Sapping the Middle Class

We all know about keeping up with the Joneses. Now, the Great Recession and the jobless recovery have introduced a new socioeconomic phenomenon: slip-sliding with the Smiths.

Working harder for less is the new normal–for those lucky enough to have a job. Millions of families are giving up comforts they long took for granted, such as restaurant meals, new clothes, vacations, spacious cars, home improvements, and cable television. College funds and retirement savings have taken a hit, and some families have been forced to downsize their homes or, worse, submit to foreclosure. Little wonder that record numbers of Americans tell pollsters it’s getting harder to get ahead and that they worry their kids’ standard of living may fall rather than rise.

Thanks- I needed to hear that.

What the hell? Is this the new meme to be spread around to the masses? Trying to get us used to the idea that soon there will BE NO middle class?

They don’t need to tell most of us- we already know- we are living it.

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