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Sensational headline much? I thought I would do Janice one better and make her point even more clearly. According to Janice, middle class men are “useless” because they don’t read Martha Stewart and STILL get all pissy about screechy harridans living in the house with them.
Come on now, lads. What is your problem?
Turner’s article is all the usual tired clichés about men and housewives and why women are awesome and men suck, but I found this statement particularly delightful:
“…it seems easier to train a bonobo monkey to play Chopin than a human male to pick up his own pants.”
Oh my. Lucky Mr. Turner, eh? You know Janice, this is actually a really easy problem to solve. Your husband leaves his pants on the floor? Leave them there. It’s his house, he lives there, too, he clearly doesn’t give a shit, so why should you?
Janice seems to be operating under a few assumptions that lay bare how she feels about her husband, her marriage and men in general, and sadly, I think she is indicative of an entire generation of women who really do think men are “useless”.
Her first assumption is that the home belongs to her and she has the absolute authority and right to dictate how it looks and how it runs. It’s interesting, isn’t it, that on the one hand Janice rails against the idea that women could ever have found leading a pampered, sheltered life in a cozy cocoon of domesticity that a man paid for fulfilling, and then on the other hand, she still demands the right to command that space with unconditional decree.
Pants on the floor? VERBOTEN! Pick them up, useless man, and put them where I tell you to!
It’s beyond me why Janice’s husband doesn’t tell her to fuck off.
Her second assumption is that whenever a man protests the requirement to meet his Princess’s household standards, he must be in the wrong. Janice has lots of love for the Scandinavian model, which forces men to take a portion of leave after a baby is born or lose it altogether. The personal preferences of the family in question play no part in the dictates of the government. What does the baby want? Goodness! Who would ever consider that? What does the mother want? Who gives a shit? Back to work, bitch. What does daddy want? Oh please. Who cares?
Here’s an ugly little reality that women like Janice refuse to even contemplate: most of the “work” that women do is complete and utter bullshit. What’s the number one job category for women?
Same as it was in the 1950’s: secretary. So basically, women have mastered the alphabet, and know how to use a telephone, a calendar and a keyboard. Wow! So much accomplishment!
Across all the Western, feminized world, productivity rates have soared, but wages have stagnated. Part of that is thanks to a movement within capitalism to return most of the proceeds of capital to shareholders and not workers, but an even bigger part has to do with women flocking en masse into the labor market and destroying the family wage. You see, there are way more jobs now than ever before, but there isn’t way more money. Instead of one man doing something relatively useful and productive and earning a wage he could use to support a family, there are now endless towers of cubicles filled with women filing shit alphabetically and updating their Facebook status and taking a wage for doing so. Wages that would otherwise have gone to their husbands. And therefore to themselves.
It cannot possibly come as a surprise to anyone with a heartbeat and a single brain cell that our world runs on the power of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Every single useful thing we have or hope for comes from the STEM fields, which have always been and continue to be completely dominated by men. Need a marketing strategy for scented candles? Hire a woman. Need the human genome sequenced? Oh, oops. You’ll need men for that.
Oh, of course, there are a few women in the STEM fields. Our society has almost always made room for female genius to rise. There just aren’t many of them to be had. #sorryfeminists. The Nobel Prize was established in 1901, and since its inception women have flooded into colleges and universities and we’ve had every opportunity to shine. 553 Nobel prizes have been awarded to 835 individuals, and that includes the wishy-washy Peace and Literature prizes.
And how many have been won by women? 44 prizes awarded. 50% of the population has secured just over 5% of Nobel Prizes. When you get rid of the peace and literature prizes, the number falls even lower. 16 prizes. Not quite 2%.
Way to go, ladies! Whatever will the world do without your genius?
So we’ve wrecked the family wage, destroyed the labor market, created a generation of fat, depressed, unhappy, stressed out children and for what? So women can utterly fail to compete with men in any meaningful way and then declare men “useless”?
Women are not men. We do not have the same talents or interests or desires or motivations and the past 70 years has shown, if anything, that we are nowhere near to catching up with men, although the culture has done an amazing job of convincing both men and women that it’s the end of men and the rise of women!
Yeah, right. My iPhone, dishwasher, antibiotics, vacuum cleaner, computer, car with auto-starter and every other useful thing I own begs to differ. The end of men? We better hope not. And this is not to say women aren’t capable of genius. We are, in our own ways, that complement and do not compete with men. We’ll chat about that tomorrow. For now, let’s be grateful all the men have gone off to work today. Women haven’t shown themselves to be capable of doing what men do. Why, some might even call them useless.
Lots of love,