This is a follow-up to my post They Got Suffrage And Now We All Suffer…
I have been hashing this idea over for a while to build on that post about women’s suffrage and the impact of women voting but then I saw a fun video with Tucker Carlson and Mike Rowe and it inspired me to finish it up:
What I always appreciated about Mike Rowe is that he understands that talking about dirty jobs and doing little TV segments about them is not the same thing as doing them day in and day out. He respects people who actually work for a living, and I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that not every “real” job means working in sewage or dirt. To me, a “real job” is one that is actually providing a necessary good or service. An engineer at a nuclear power plant probably isn’t getting dirty but his job is very necessary and provides a critical good (electricity). A surgeon who performs open heart surgery isn’t getting dirty, in fact his workplace is insanely sterile, but he is providing a very real and necessary service. Nor is there something particularly noble in low pay work. There are plenty of bullshit “jobs” that don’t pay well.
I liked what Tucker said, if I may paraphrase: you know a job is real because if people stopped doing it, lots of other people would suffer and die.
No one will suffer if a TikTok influencer stops doing videos about make-up tips for faggots. No one will suffer if some rando at Twitter loses their job. Truth be told, and I know of what I speak, bank branches would run just fine for the most part without a bank manager.
Of course Tucker and Mike won’t point out that these bullshit jobs tend to be staffed mostly with college “educated” women and further that these jobs were created, in part, as a direct result of thrusting half of the population into the workforce after conning them into obtaining a useless but expensive degree. The percentage of women graduating from college skyrocketed in the last 80 years…
In 1940 less than 4% of women and only 5.5% of men graduated with a four year degree. As of 2021 more than 1/3 of women have a college degree. Keep in mind that this still includes lots of Boomer and older women who are still alive but did not graduate from college. According to NCES, the National Center for Education Statistics, 44% of women ages 18-24 are enrolled in college, a full 8% higher than their male counterparts. The disparity is even more significant when you look at black and mestizo male-female ratios.
Almost half of young women are enrolled in college degree programs. What is not mentioned very often are the very poor outcomes for those that do enroll….
Asian females have the highest graduation percentage and even it is only a little over 50%. Every other group is under half and some are way under half. I have brought this up in a few places, most notably in Participation Ribbon Egalitarianism Has No Place In Education, but however you slice it an awful lot of people enroll in college, take on debt and lose several years of work experience and still don’t end up with a college degree.
Even still, with over 40% of women attending college and around half of the White and Asian girls getting a degree, that creates an awful lot of demand for jobs from people who generally speaking have failed to obtain any sort of actual marketable job skill. As the percentage of women attaining a degree has increased there was also a commensurate increase in the percentage of women in the workforce. Two more charts, both from the U.S. Department of Labor….
In 1948 women were only 28.6% of the workforce. I assume that doesn’t include women who stayed home but helped on the farm, just women with “jobs”. By 2021, women were almost half of the workforce while men as a percentage of the workforce continues to decline. Something else Mike Rowe talks about all the time is the sheer number of men of working age that have simply dropped out of the workforce.
While the U.S. labor market remains incredibly tight — with the economy adding another 263,000 jobs in November — around 7 million “prime age” men between the ages of 25 and 54 are reportedly sitting it out.
“They are affirmatively not looking for work. They’ve punched out. They’re done,” TV host Mike Rowe said on The Brian Kilmeade Show, citing research from economist Nick Eberstadt.
“So what’s really happening in the country now that scares me right to my core fundamentally is that we’ve never had so much unrealized opportunity and so little enthusiasm for it.”https://archive.vn/vKzWN
Look at this chart…
Right now around 1/3 of men are just not working. That is more complicated than it sounds, I don’t show up in those statistics because I am self-employed and don’t report wages (rather we show our income on a Schedule C so I am pretty sure that makes me not part of the “labor force”) but 7 million men who are flat out not working or even looking for work is worrisome.
What is causing this, at least in part, is that the jobs that men, especially men without college degrees, used to do are gone. Very few people are actively farming any more and much of our manufacturing base has moved overseas. The jobs that remain for men without a degree are generally meaningless service industry jobs, although in the last couple of years there has been an explosion around these parts of high paying jobs in manufacturing that no one seems interested in taking. On the other hand, it also seems that a lot of men just don’t really want to be bothered with going to work, preferring to live at home with mom or shacking up with a girlfriend, playing video games, watching porn and getting high.
Off my soapbox and back to women. As feminism mutated from the vote and simple legal protections like property rights and into a philosophy that can only be described as anti-male and anti-family, women were convinced that doing what they are best suited to do and happiest doing, raising kids and keeping the home, were somehow letting down the team and being oppressed. And of course there were millions of women now having colleges degrees that were accompanied by the promise of a lucrative and rewarding career.
Rather suddenly three things happened.
One, there were now millions of women who were demanding office jobs as befitted their newly minted B.A. degrees. Not crappy jobs, but fancy office jobs!
Two, the total workforce rapidly expanded as the women who traditionally stayed home were flooding the market. It didn’t double the available workforce but it certainly increased the worker pool by a huge percentage.
Three, automation was eliminating all sorts of jobs, from typists to farmers to factory workers. For example, while many businesses used to have whole floors full of girls typing documents, first photocopiers and then word processors made those jobs obsolete. Or switchboard operators, with multiline systems and phone trees allowing you to enter a few digits and get the person you wanted, businesses no longer needed a woman to answer the phone and transfer calls.
So we have a problem, we have lots of extra women who want jobs, more specifically they wanted “careers”, but we didn’t really need all of those extra office people. As an aside, one of the dirty secrets of the recruiting and hiring process is that very few jobs in corporate America that require a college degree truly need a candidate with a college degree. My last job was one that no one would be considered for that did not have a 4 year degree and yet what we did had nothing to do with anything you would learn in a typical degree program. Most of the positions at my level, and all above me, were staffed entirely with people who had 4 year degrees but with a few exceptions none of them needed a four year degree.
What happened over the course of several decades starting in the 80s was the explosion of office jobs that didn’t really do anything. While perhaps not the largest in number, the most egregious expansion was in human resources, including staffing. Whole departments of women that do nothing but make life more difficult for the rest of the company, especially the people who actually make money for the company. Female dominated jobs in things like HR and customer service add very little value to the organization but they pay reasonably well and unlike a lot of jobs dominated by men, they are very safe and clean. I wrote about this in a prior post: The Parasite Class
At the risk of sounding sexist, not that I care, that helps explain why more and more of the parasite class jobs are held by women. Men are task-and-goal oriented. We like to have some goal to achieve and then be able to see the results. Women are more emotion-and-feelings oriented and that is the core of parasite class environment. A lot of women are perfectly content shuffling papers around because it makes them feel like they are doing something but men doing the same work eventually realize they are just going through the motions. HR departments are full of women who feel self-important because they have some bullshit title and they can push people around. They are cheerfully smiling while simultaneously being self-important and imperious. They don’t really do anything significant but that is OK because their jobs are designed to make them feel important and significant. I am sure if you asked most HR chicks about their jobs, they are completely convinced that they are critical and essential to the success of an organization, while most of the men think they are a pain in the ass and an impediment to getting the job done.
My last job as a “relationship manager” overseeing hundreds of millions in retirement assets was a position where I mostly got complaints from clients and in turn passed those complaints on to someone else to fix. It was a “good” job in that it paid well and the benefits were crazy but it didn’t actually accomplish anything of value. It was also a job that was mostly held by women. From the time I started in that general account/relationship management role in financial services way back in January of 2000 until I left for good in 2014, the percentage of my co-workers that were female rose rapidly. I found the job immensely frustrating as it increasingly revolved around doing stupid projects, conference calls and meetings and ticking off boxes on checklists instead of doing anything productive. That lack of accomplishment didn’t seem to bother my female co-workers as much.
Today we have companies like Twitter where the employee in the video with Tucker and Mike Rowe above thinks nothing is odd about a “job” where she apparently doesn’t do anything but the occasional videoconference and taking “breaks”. How does one take a break when you haven’t done any actual work? This is really common in a lot of industries. Government jobs are full of women who do absolutely nothing of any value. So is “education”, this is one of my favorite charts to whip out when people complain that we don’t “invest” in our schools.
Those additional employees are not classroom teachers but are instead all sorts of administrative positions that never step foot in a classroom. There are jobs in school districts dedicated to making sure the district gets all of the gubmint money it can get. Another place we see this is in medicine….
Why is medical care so expensive? In large part because so much of the money we spend on “medical care” is absorbed by non-clinical administrative staff rather than doctors. I would bet that 75% or more of those administrators are…chicks.
Hopefully my point is clear. With the rise of new waves of “feminism” following the 19th Amendment, more women each year entered the workforce and in order to absorb all of these women, millions of make-work paper shuffling jobs have been created. This is turn watered down the workforce so that it is very difficult to make ends meet on one salary, although it absolutely can be done. Wages are subject to supply and demand just like prices and with millions of women shipping their little ones off to daycare so they can work, the supply of workers outpaced the demand for employees. Over the decades this has acted as an anchor on wages while prices continue to rise. It was very common for a working class family to have a stay at home mom but that has changed as price inflation has outpaced wages.
It has become a vicious circle. Women think they need to work to make ends meet but the more women join the workforce the more it skews wages. Now women believe, with some justification, that they are trapped into working and can’t get out even if they want to and believe me, a lot of them want to. Sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights doing some mind-numbing job while thinking about your small child in a daycare kills a lot of these women.
It is another result of feminism. Bullshit jobs to make work for women that also devalues men’s work. Men aren’t happy not being able to be the breadwinner, women aren’t happy in these “careers” instead of caring for their home and kids. No one is happy and that is really the goal of feminism all along: making normal people as unhappy as the homely harpies that pioneered “equal rights”.