Why the U.S. economy is biased against men

The workplace cultural practices more often preferred by men have largely been replaced by approaches more often preferred by women. Individual initiative is now usually deemed inferior to teamwork, competition often replaced by collaboration, “push through to get the job done” with “process feelings,” decision-making by leader with decision-making by committee. Men are more likely than women to throw all of themselves into work than to demand worklife balance, for which they are often dubbed with pathologizing monikers such as “workaholic” and “unable to relax” rather than “heroic” for being so contributory, even if it costs them their life. Men die 5.2 years earlier than women, a major cause being stress-related illnesses such as heart attack and stroke.

True, the occasional old boy still unfairly promotes a man over a woman, but despite unemployment being higher for men than women, today, “Sisters help Sisters” is not denigrated let alone sued as sexist, but encouraged. For example, Madeleine Albright said, “I have always said, there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” And such statements have broad impact. For example, Google that quote and you’ll see 43,000 references to it.

Men’s efforts to organize into groups have largely been ridiculed, for example, portraying men’s groups as troglodytes tromping into the woods to beat tom-toms. And men’s organizations have been pressured to admit women, for example, the service clubs: Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions. Further limiting men’s ability to organize, men’s groups don’t get the enormous free advertising the media gives to women’s groups.

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