Friday, December 14, 2012

More on the end of men

The new Hanna Rosin book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, has gotten a lot of publicity. I mentioned it in September, and my readers got the scoop back in 2010.

James Taranto of the WSJ has useful links and insightful analysis, and concludes:
So today's would-be Lysistratas need to develop ways of stigmatizing young women who too readily say yes to sex, just as unions do to scabs and strikebreakers. What a feminist triumph that would be.
The core problem here is that as feminists have encouraged girls into sexual promiscuity and non-family careers, they are finding more and more that they are competing with other women, especially for the affections of men.

For a feminist view, check out this Jezebel rant against men's rights activists. It is just man-hating nonsense. There is not much of a men's movement, but it is kept alive by stories like this:
For nearly seven weeks, John Waldorf has been in the county jail on a “non-support” charge for allegedly failing to pay alimony.

He claims he is a victim of New Jersey’s "antiquated" alimony system and many people agree with him. In late October a small protest was held
outside the courthouse.

Bruce Eden, Civil Rights Director, of DADS (Dads Against Discrimination) is hoping to garner support for Waldorf on Friday, Dec. 7 when a judge will again hold a hearing to determine how much Waldorf must pay to be released.

Waldorf, who divorced his wife of 11 years in 2011, was ordered to pay $2,000 a week in alimony to his ex. That amounts to $104,000 a year. In addition he was ordered to pay $3,300 in child support. The problem is that Waldorf has only been taking home about $90,000 a year on average, according to Eden. Eden said he has Waldorf’s tax returns dating back to 2000. The highest income reported by Waldorf during the marriage was $147,000 before taxes according to Eden. In most years Waldorf made $90,000 to $120,000 before taxes. His average take home pay has been about $90,000 a year.

The alimony payments are in addition to about $100,000 in legal fees incurred during the divorce process.

It now also appears Waldorf has lost his job because of his jailing. Meanwhile, Waldorf’s ex-wife, who is disabled, has been getting nothing, all while taxpayers are footing the bill to feed and house him as long as he remains in jail.


Anonymous said...

they mention the massachussetts alimony law reform, a documentary with indignant wives who had to pay alimony was put up a few years ago by mass alimony reform, and second wives club. The 100 years law changed rather quickly in 2-3 years.

kurt9 said...

The so-called "end of men" is a load of hype. It is true that the majority of degree-holders are now women, and that women now make up the majority of the workforce. However, this does not tell the complete story. STEM degrees are still the domain of men. Women tend to earn degrees in the "soft" subjects.

Science, technology, and essentually all manufacturing (REAL wealth creation) remains laregly the domain of men.

It is the rise of the bureaucratic state, as well as soft fields such as health care and education that employ most of the women.

Anonymous said...

"There is not much of a men's movement", Yes there is. Start here-