The “Apron-Ready” Stimulus Package
There are few people who have not felt the economic sucker punch, but no one has taken the hit as hard as the men folk. An article by Christina Hoff Sommers, No Country for Burly Men, describes how the “man-cession,” has hit jobs traditionally held by men the hardest, and how feminists have somehow managed to portray themselves as, per usual, the victims. Through their whining, feminists effectively hijacked the stimulus package and found a way to make this crisis all about themselves.
Initially, during his campaign, President Obama addressed the issue and the need to invest time and money into rebuilding industries traditionally employing men,
"...to respond to actual economic needs, the Obama stimulus plan would have skewed toward male-dominated industries...He called for a two-year "shovel ready" stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act."
OH NO HE DIDN’T! Could be heard from the mouths of feminists everywhere when they found out. Feminist economists and historians began addressing the “injustice” of this situation. Where was the stimulus plan for women?
"…feminist advocacy groups in Washington hijacked the stimulus… calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to "institute apprenticeships" to train women for "at least one third" of the infrastructure jobs… ‘We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.’”
Oh yes, let us stimulate the jobs that, as Sommers states, have been mostly "recession resistant," for the sake of the poor women. Women's organizations combined forces, (I like to imagine the old school Power Rangers morphing scene), to battle the proposed stimulus,
"The National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and the National Women's Law Center soon joined the battle against the supposedly sexist bailout of men's jobs"
Behold the power of angry feminists and their ability to scare men into submission, no matter how absurd their request. President Obama changed the plans and conformed the stimulus plan to meet the requirements of the feminists, and they were thrilled with their "happily-ever-after." It is too bad that these women feel the need to constantly play the victim. As Sommers points out,
"They see the workplace as a battlefront in a zero-sum struggle between men and women, where it is their job to side with women. Unless the Obama administration and Congress find the temerity to distance themselves from the new feminist lobby, the "man-cession" will deepen and further mischief will ensue."
The struggle continues, when will women stop victimizing themselves and others, and stop picking such trivial fights?