Yes, Virginia, there is a gender gap. In fact, there are two gender gaps: one bad and one good.
The bad gender gap is that the biggest losers in the Obama economy are men rather than women. This is a fact that is bad for men, for families, for the federal deficit, federal debt problems and for the health of the U.S. economy. Men have lost twice as many jobs as women.
The 9.1 percent unemployment figure is not a good measure of the problem. The most important factor is that 20 percent of American men (1 in 5) are not in the workforce.
Those 20 percent are not all included in the unemployment figure. Some have just dropped out of the count and are no longer looking for a job, maybe depending on the paychecks of their wives, girlfriends or parents. And some are drawing disability (a number that has doubled in recent years).
Most adults can remember the days when we had an economy where a man could work a job, professional or blue-collar, that paid well enough to support his wife as a full-time homemaker and buy a house for his family. Since millions of those good jobs have been outsourced to China and other low-wage countries, the husband is now lucky if he gets a $10-an-hour job and sends his wife out to look for a job.
We've lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs every month over the last ten years. We are now supporting 44 million Americans on food stamps.
I hope men are not counting on President Obama's much ballyhooed jobs plan to get them back to work. Our first feminist president, Barack Obama will always toady to feminist demands, like when he responded to their public tantrum by giving women the majority of his stimulus jobs.
The National Economic Council report "Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women" recites some of the many ways the Obama administration is getting jobs for women. The report promises that President Obama "is committed to continuing the push for an economy that provides economic security and jobs for America's women."
You read that right. The Obama administration is committed to finding jobs for women, not men. This is a goal that is steadily pursued by sex-based affirmative action, grants to feminist organizations and feminist projects, and means-tested welfare that subsidizes non-marriage, making husbands and fathers irrelevant. The U.S. now has a 41 percent illegitimacy rate, which means taxpayers rather than husbands are supporting the kids.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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