“The Truth: Life isn’t fair. Being alive doesn’t entitle you to anything. Women are ensuring their own downfall with their selfish behavior and short-term outlook. Men are bigger than women, stronger than women, and more violent than women. For the past half century our legal system has acted outside their interest, and men have taken the vast share of economic hits in this most recent recession. A backlash is coming. The pendelum is starting to swing back. What are you going to do to prepare for it?”
I found this compelling, but overly negative. While I do believe men, particularly Generation X men, have bore the brunt of societal and economic ills over the past 25 years, I in no way believe women or feminism deserve the blame for their failures or miseries.
I don’t really appreciate the blame game, but, if we’re going to be honest, older generations have not mentored Generation X to the degree we needed to be mentored. Who wants to remain a grunt for 25 years? While this failure to act on the best interest of organizations (not to mention human beings) has taken a toll on Xers, it has had the greatest impact on Generation X men. Too many have had to pretend they’re neutered just to survive alpha-male and/or alpha-female leadership. It’s not natural and it makes me wonder if work-life balance isn’t just a more acceptable characterization of what they really seek – balance between that which makes them feel like losers (work and career) and that which makes them feel successful (family, home, friends, hobbies).
To compound matters, Generation X women have had an easier time in the workplace than any other generation of women in history. They have enjoyed more advancement and more earning power than ever before, and truly are at risk of not knowing or understanding (maybe forgetting?) just how bad the workplace once was for women. Have you seen Mad Men? Have you talked to your mother?
Finally, Grerp has written some reviews of The Fourth Turning, Strauss and Howe’s landmark book about generations. In one post, she writes about the Generation X childhood and divorce. Her perspective is worth a read, even if I don’t agree with everything she says — or tweets.
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