From Camila Domonoske:
The timing is interesting. The decline began in the 1970s. Within a decade of the creation of feminism in the 1960s, the economic decline of men began. That meant a man could no longer take care of a family. As prosperity fell for men, marriage dropped. There were other reasons, of course. But feminism helped in the decline of the American family. "Anti-poverty" programs did as well, rewarding women for having babies without a husband.Male prosperity rose steadily, and more and more men left the nest — until the '60s and '70s, when wages started to drop and more men stayed home.And women? For decades women who worked were more likely to live with their parents than with a partner or spouse — because wives were discouraged from having jobs, per Pew's straightforward interpretation.But now more and more young women have jobs, and it's unemployed women who are more likely to live with their parents. And yet, even as female prosperity rose, so did the number of young women living at home.Pew speculated it might because of men's lower earnings keeping women from marrying and moving out. Seem plausible? The question might make for a fruitful conversation in households across America tonight ... just ask Mom to pass the peas and the theories.
For the most part, liberals and conservatives have agreed that the benefits of opening opportunities to women and racial and ethnic minorities outweigh the costs to white men, and as a white man, I agree that we should given equal chances. However, tipping the scales in favor of women and other aggrieved groups to make up for the past is immoral and unconstitutional. Sadly, no one in America has had the gumption to make this case.
About 10 years ago, as a second generation of affirmative action babies entered college, retro-Civil Rights began to take hold. People who were given special treatment due to their sex, skin color, or ethnicity began complaining of white privilege and male privilege, which was odd since both were hindrances to employment.
This came after decades of efforts to instill girl power. We encourage girls to be engineers and computer scientists, but ridicule boys who do as nerds.
The Girl Scouts get plenty of props from the press. The Boy Scouts are smeared as homophobic and Islamophobic. Girl Scout cookies are the sacramental cookie of a secular society. How many readers know the Boy Scouts sell Trail's End Popcorn to raise money? When was the last time anyone in the press did a story on the popcorn?
So yes, men have a grievance or two. We need to talk, but that's mansplainin', right?