Once upon a time, a male kindergarten teacher or a male nurse was an oddity, even a novelty. But changing gender roles — and a turned-on-its-head economy — mean that more men than ever are working in what were previously considered to be “pink collar” jobs.
In an article about the trend today, The New York Times explains that “pink collar” jobs in fields like health care and home care/child care haven’t been bombed out by the economy because they cannot be outsourced and they are available to anyone without a college degree, regardless of gender. Hence, while jobs in all those fields are growing in general, the numbers of men working in them are increasing apace. Keep reading »
As if the “mommy wars” need even more ammunition to make women feel bad about themselves: a new Gallup poll found that stay-at-home-moms were more likely to be unhappy than working mothers.
Gallup surveyed nearly 61,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64 who had at least one child under the age of 18. A quarter of SATMs said they felt a lot of sadness “yesterday” and one-fifth said they felt anger, compared with only 16 percent and 14 percent of working mothers, respectively. Gallup said SAHMs were more slightly more likely to say they felt stressed “yesterday” than working moms (50 percent to 48 percent) and more SAHMs said they had been diagnosed with depression as well (28 percent to 17 percent).
What does it all mean? Eh, probably nothing.
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I’m fairly certain that Rush Limbaugh could take Goodnight, Moon and twist it into a tale of shrill harpies hellbent on John Bobbitt-ing the male species and strangling newborn babies with their long, flowing strands of armpit hair.
That is the only explanation for his wildly inaccurate (and, it should go without saying, wildly sexist) April 16 interpretation of a study published this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. According to Rush, the study concluded “the real reason women pursue careers is because they fear they are too unattractive to get married.” (He also wondered, “Is this the real reason liberal women insist on working?”)
According to the actual study … not so much.
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Ryan Gosling memes never get old — especially not on Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing the extra days a woman will have to work in 2012 in order to earn, on average, the same amount as a male counterpart did in 2011. You know, that “equal pay for equal work” stuff that feminists are always blabbing about. You can learn all about the pay gap between men and women right here … but I’m warning you, it won’t be as easy on the eyes as The Gos. [The Daily Muse; Pay-Equity.org]
I once read a survey that claimed that a third of American women won’t leave the house without their makeup on. As a mother who is just happy to have a kid whose teeth are brushed and clothes on when it’s time to get going most days, I’m going to be honest with you. The luxury of fixing one’s self up in the comfort of my own bathroom is over-rated!
Those of us with too little time on our hands have perfected the art of getting our beauty rituals on anywhere but the house. Case in point: I carry tweezers everywhere because when you find a few seconds to pluck, you take advantage of them – wherever you are. But a quick eyebrow grab at a stoplight has nothing on some of the crazy makeup fixes some of my friends have copped to. Trust me … you have to read ‘em to believe ‘em. Read more…
There are some seriously varied statistics out there, but a couple of years ago, The Wall Street Journal reported on a study saying that 18 percent of married couples meet at work. That’s a whole lot of employees who took the plunge and decided to ask out their co-worker.
Since Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly a paid holiday, unless of course you and your spouse own your own company, it’s possible that you’re sitting around the office today eating chocolates from your mom and considering Mr. Right. Who knows, he might even be down the hall working in the graphic department. Or maybe he’s scanning your browser history from IT. (Yea, you probably shouldn’t have shopped for bachelorette gifts at work…) Read more…
“Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”
This is a passage from GOP candidate Rick Santorum‘s 2005 book It Takes A Family; it seems like he’s suggesting women shouldn’t be in the workplace. When questioned this weekend by George Stephanopolous about this passage, Santorum said that it was his wife, Karen Santorum, who wrote that part — even though his name is the only one credited as an author and she isn’t credited in the acknowledgements as someone “who assisted me in the writing of this book.” When pressed this weekend, Rick Santorum said, “I don’t know — that’s a new quote for me … the bottom line is that people should have equal opportunity to rise in the work force.” I’m not even going to address how silly it is that someone is blaming his wife for a line in his book. Instead, let’s talk about how tone deaf this guy is about women in the workplace: poor women and women of color have pretty much always worked in America. It wasn’t a choice; it was a necessity. Apparently Rick Santorum — or his wife? — are just upset when middle-class white women go to work, too? [New York Times] Keep reading »
What do you do when one of the things you used to like about yourself the most, looking back, becomes one of the things that you like about yourself the least?
From as young as I can remember, a rocket ship of ambition propelled me forward in all that I did. I didn’t — and still don’t — have a wide variety of interests, because writing was where I excelled. I threw everything into it. My parents, of course, fanned the flames of this. They loved having a daughter who made them proud.
And I loved getting some attention. My older brother Eliot*, his bipolar disorder and his drug and alcohol addictions, consumed most of my parents’ energy and nearly all of their attention. I wrote a poem when I was 13 or 14 that I can remember to this day because it still applies to my life sometimes. It was called “Measuring Cups” and it was about parents struggling to measure out love and attention equally amongst their children, but failing. When I was that young, the best way I could find attention, short of developing a heroin addiction myself, was to impress my parents with awards and articles and prizes and accolades. There was no confusion about this lifestyle, no hard choices to make. All I had to do was whatever made me look the best. Keep reading »