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Gender and the New Commanding Heights

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Don Peck writes,


As recently as 2001, U.S. manufacturing still employed about as many people as did health and educational services combined (roughly 16 million). But since then, those latter, female-dominated sectors have added about 4 million jobs, while manufacturing has lost about the same number. Men made no inroads into health care or education during the aughts; in 2009, they held only about one in four jobs in those rising sectors, just as they had at the beginning of the decade. They did, however, consolidate their hold on manufacturing--those dwindling jobs, along with jobs in construction, transportation, and utilities, were more heavily dominated by men in 2009 than they'd been nine years earlier.

Read the entire article, which describes what I have been calling The Great Factor-Price Equalization.

The new lead essay at Cato Unbound, by Kay Hymowitz, strikes a related note.


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GIVCO writes:

Mencken predicted as much in 1918:

And when some accident purges her, either temporarily or permanently, of the inclination to marriage..., and she enters into competition with men in the general business of the world, the sort of career that she commonly carves out offers additional evidence of her mental peculiarity. In whatever calls for no more than an invariable technic and a feeble chicanery she usually fails; in whatever calls for independent thought and resourcefulness she usually succeeds. Thus she is almost always a failure as a lawyer, for the law requires only an armament of hollow phrases and stereotyped formulae, and a mental habit which puts these phantasms above sense, truth and justice; and she is almost always a failure in business, for business, in the main, is so foul a compound of trivialities and rogueries that her sense of intellectual integrity revolts against it. But she is usually a success as a sick-nurse, for that profession requires ingenuity, quick comprehension, courage in the face of novel and disconcerting situations, and above all, a capacity for penetrating and dominating character; and whenever she comes into competition with men in the arts, particularly on those secondary planes where simple nimbleness of mind is unaided by the masterstrokes of genius, she holds her own invariably. The best and most intellectual–i.e., most original and enterprising play-actors are not men, but women, and so are the best teachers and blackmailers, and a fair share of the best writers, and public functionaries, and executants of music. In the demimonde one will find enough acumen and daring, and enough resilience in the face of special difficulties, to put the equipment of any exclusively male profession to shame. If the work of the average man required half the mental agility and readiness of resource of the work of the average prostitute, the average man would be constantly on the verge of starvation.

Adam writes:

Peck analysis has some interesting stats and comments, but he gets back to that same old socialist solution: Tax the rich. By that he means not the wealthy, but those of us who earn a high income for 1 or 2 decades. Average our incomes over our entire adult lifetime and the we "rich" won't look so rich anymore.

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