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Men: Act Like a Lady if You Want to Get a Job

The absurd feminist framing of our socially intelligent, physically stupid economy.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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January 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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It’s the economy, stupid.

So says Rachel Burger, who believes that the current economy is to blame for the demise of masculinity, not those darned feminists:

The reality is that the economy–that men themselves created–is far more to blame for the sorry state of American men. The Internet Age, along with global trade and the mass outsourcing of low-skill labor has brought forth in the West a people-based and knowledge-based economy which emphasizes social intelligence. Young women are now outpacing men across the board, from education to employment, and men should take a hint. If men want to pursue their roles as providers and achievers, they’re going to have to woman up.

It’s not the girls’ fault. “After all, it was men who invented the Internet, who created and sold mass-produced computers, who shipped jobs overseas and who even fashioned social media.” Thanks, Mark Zuckerberg.

Burger’s is a thinly veiled response to Camille Paglia’s praise of the “modern economy as a male epic” published last month in Time. Unlike Paglia, Burger comes to the table lacking an understanding of the relationship between economy and gender. With a millennial’s narrow perspective on American history, Burger manages great insight into the post-dot-com world of social intelligence-based tech companies while completely skipping over the debacle of NAFTA with the grossly prejudicial term “low-skill labor.”

In that primordial decade known as the ’90s, America’s manual labor industry was eviscerated by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Seventeen years after the agreement was signed, studies showed a loss of 682,900 American jobs, 60% of which were lost in the manufacturing industry. That doesn’t include the jobs that would be necessary without the imports from NAFTA — a whopping 1.47 million. Those jobs, and the financial boost that would’ve come with them, sure would’ve come in handy in 2008 when, as a result of the recession, the U.S. lost 2.6 million jobs. Mexico, the nation that continues to profit from NAFTA, does not defame nor downplay the benefits of so-called “low-skill labor.”

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"Wow, an article on a conservative blog that calls NAFTA and free trade into question. The times they are a'changin'."

Interesting that you would make that sarcastic statement given that your Progressive heroes all seem to support "amnesty" which, of course, will be devastating to a very significant number of jobs currently held or sought by those who are legitimate American citizens ....... not to mention the burden of the illegals' support at all levels placed upon the taxpayer that will make the alleged negatives of NAFTA look like small potatoes.

Times may be changing but not the confusion, hypocrisy, and downright stupidity that reigns in the non-conservative brain.
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Burger needs to act like a man and organize feminist shock troop brigades that are the first in to all foreign wars. I'll sit home and bake cookies and whine.
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"Men: Act Like a Lady if You Want to Get a Job."

I'd rather be unemployed.
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Who was it that mentioned that giant sucking sound from south of the border?
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Now that I read the article, Ms. Burger is claiming that a knowledge-based economy requires more "emotional intelligence." How's that again?
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Feelings.... Nothing more than feelings....

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Wait a moment... I thought the most effective method of feminizing men is called marriage. So if we ban divorce...
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NAFTA was peanuts, and useful in bolstering Mexico's economic development, creating a market for US goods.

The real hammer was China's Most Favored Nation trade status.
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The Russians, Chinese, Iranians & N.Koreans must be loving this. Pajamaboys running the county & handing it off to the bimbos.
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If you read an article about the most effective placebos for your unicorn, how do you write a criticism that doesn’t sound like you’re accepting the premise? This Olympus Mons of BS that is feminism leads to rational men rearranging the fecal matter on the peak. Like global warming, it’s all based on nonsense to begin with, so you can’t engage in discussions about it without sounding like you agree it exists.
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Feminized = Liberal policies
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Not to take a side on NAFTA, but your analysis of it is almost child-like (dare I say Liberal). What does "lost" mean and what industries, how many of those jobs went to Mexico? Obviously, many went to other places too, including other First world nations.

How many went to Mexico INSTEAD of another country? Obviously beneficial to us as they are the second largest recipient of US goods and services. Then, how many of those jobs were do to closed industries, downsizing, etc.?

I could go on . . .
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I could just as easily argue that this economy has become feminized. All the rough male jobs (like construction work, resource extraction, heavy industry, assembly line, mechanics, trucking, fishing) have been and are being destroyed by government regulation and other government failures.

Does anyone doubt that residential mortgage and housing loan crises have gutted work in new construction and in renovation?

Does anyone doubt that fencing off federal lands from oil and gas exploration and production has cost men their jobs?

Christina Hoff Sommers wrote an entire book about how feminists skewed the stimulus package away from roads, bridges and other infrastructure work toward teachers and government clerks. It's called No Country for Burly Men. MS. Burger might want to pick up a copy.

I could easily argue that the softening of American life and the American economy is directly attributable to the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. But I won't do that because I'm not an historical illiterate.
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There is certain logic to her theory. If a man came for a job interview dressed as woman he would be considered a transgender and therefore part of a protected class. This would give him a leg up in the job market. I am being both funny and serious at the same time. That is how unhinged American society has become.
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