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I just heard a stat on the news, I’d been wondering how long it would take to go mainstream, that 79% of the jobs created over the last couple if years went to men.

A year or so from now (or possibly sooner) feminist groups will use this information to claim that life is unfairly slanted against women.

Most women will likely buy this and be angry. How unfair America is, they’ll claim.

There’s only one problem – the 2008 recession adversely affected men at an even higher ratio: 80/20. That means, ladies, that 8 men lost their job for every 2 women. What the stats really say is that women are outpacing men in this recovery by a percentage point.  So you’re going to hear a positive stat used negatively – as if women were getting trampled on.

So the ship is righting itself, as they say – and people will use that politically to claim, yet again, that life ain’t fair.

My heart is breaking. Oh woe is me. Yea though I walk through the valley…

Now you know the whole story, not just the half that’s used to make you mad.  You can’t make this stuff up folks.

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2 Comments

  1. Sandra says:

    Hmmm. Are you *sure* that women will say this? I wouldn’t. I read the news, I knew that mostly men lost jobs in the recession. This stat doesn’t surprise me, nor make me mad. 🙂

    I’m just glad people are finding employment!

    • bgddyjim says:

      I definitely did not write “all” women would buy it, because that would be stupid of me. I wrote that most “likely” would – and most “likely” will because they’re not as well read in the news as you are.

      I was simply pointing out how the news cycle works, for those who don’t pay attention to what’s going on for more than a month or two at a time – things tend to be forgotten and those who report the news tend to count on that – as is shown in the LA Times report that I linked to in the post.

      I also put the ownus on feminist groups who will mislead the public – because that’s what they do.

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