I have just read a few recent articles which refer to the recession last year as a “man-cession“.

Statistics Canada reports that over the previous year a total of 249,000 men lost their jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. This compares to a decline of 28,000 for women. Even the rise of dual-income families has meant an erosion of the male’s economic power and control.

I am not too proud to admit that I am one of the men who are being supported by his wife’s income. When we relocated to Ingleside, it was because of a great job offer that my wife received and it coincided (although a little premature) with our plans on returning to the SD&G area when we retired. The idea was to relocate and then I would look for suitable employment. Well, I’ve been fishing for a job but no one was biting so I had to create my own business. It seems that my chosen profession, that of a Quality Assurance Manager, has been identified as a female only applicant jobs. More and more women are reaching the senior levels of management in the food industry and women like to hire women. Women managers don’t know how to handle men as employees. At least that is in my experience…. or maybe the women managers didn’t know how to handle me in particular. I guess I expected too much from them.

So, the point of all of the articles that I have read today is that women are increasingly becoming the main income earner in family units. This was one of the main goals of the women’s lib movement in the 1970’s. Now that the gender equality pendulum is swinging in the females favour, all you hear about is how stressful it is for them. One article points out that a double income family these days have less disposable income than a single income family did in the 1970’s. I guess my point is that the result of the women’s lib movement is not only more employment opportunity but more stress and less disposable income. Thank God women still need man’s sperm to reproduce otherwise they would totally eradicate the male half of the human species.

OK, now I’m worried. I forgot about cloning……..

To all those who want to change natures plan, be careful of what you wish for because you just may get it.

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