Can Manhood Survive The Lost Decade?

Unemployed Man - Exhibitor at APExpo 2010 012Via Newsweek:

If this isn’t the Great Depression, it is the Great Humbling. Can manhood survive the lost decade?

Brian Goodell, of Mission Viejo, Calif., won two gold medals in the 1976 Olympics. An all-American, God-fearing golden boy, he segued into a comfortable career in commercial real estate. Until 2008, when he was laid off. As a 17-year-old swimmer, he set two world records. As a 52-year-old job hunter, he’s drowning.

Brock Johnson, of Philadelphia, was groomed at Harvard Business School and McKinsey & Co., and was so sure of his marketability that he resigned in 2009 as CEO of a Fortune 500 company without a new job in hand. Johnson, who asked that his real name not be used, was certain his BlackBerry would be buzzing off its holster with better offers. At 48, he’s still unemployed.

Two coasts. Two men who can’t find jobs. And one defining moment for the men in the gray flannel suits who used to run this country. Or at least manage it.

Capitalism has always been cruel to its castoffs, but those blessed with a college degree and blue-chip résumé have traditionally escaped the worst of it. In recessions past, they’ve kept their jobs or found new ones as easily as they might hail a cab or board the 5:15 to White Plains. But not this time.

The suits are “doing worse than they have at any time since the Great Depression,” says Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute. And while economists don’t have fine-grain data on the number of these men who are jobless—many, being men, would rather not admit to it—by all indications this hitherto privileged demo isn’t just on its knees, it’s flat on its face. Maybe permanently. Once college-educated workers hit 45, notes a post on the professional-finance blog Calculated Risk, “if they lose their job, they are toast.”

The same guys who once drove BMWs, in other words, have now been downsized to BWMs: Beached White Males…

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  • Hadrian999

    Jesus christ, people act like times have never been tough before, the real men will survive……the privileged suits will wine about actually having to break a sweat

  • Hadrian999

    Jesus christ, people act like times have never been tough before, the real men will survive……the privileged suits will wine about actually having to break a sweat

  • Risingupangry

    Let me check… Hm. No. Still no sympathy.

    Welcome, you whiny fucks, to the world the rest of us live in. So your unemployment rate is towering around 5%, pobrecito.

    If I can toss just one more bitter piece onto this my damning here, you top of the crop bastards are the greedy fucks who came up with the plans to get more, more, more because plain ol’ more just wasn’t good enough. Well, congrats – you broke the fucking economy. Now live with it.

  • Risingupangry

    Let me check… Hm. No. Still no sympathy.

    Welcome, you whiny fucks, to the world the rest of us live in. So your unemployment rate is towering around 5%, pobrecito.

    If I can toss just one more bitter piece onto this my damning here, you top of the crop bastards are the greedy fucks who came up with the plans to get more, more, more because plain ol’ more just wasn’t good enough. Well, congrats – you broke the fucking economy. Now live with it.

  • Godozo

    I love that the guys who made it their job to insure that guys like me couldn’t make it in the job market finding out that their Frankenstein’s-Monster contraption doesn’t distinguish between me and them anymore. Especially the one who quit WITHOUT a job, thinking that The Secret(tm) would help him create the dream job he knew was out there.

    Well…they helped make this world…and while I’ve found my shanty of protection (a Taxi Driver by blind luck, may I add, and Google has their beady eyes on my ass so I’m NOT safe anymore…) I’m not about to forget or forgive. So…

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

  • Godozo

    I love that the guys who made it their job to insure that guys like me couldn’t make it in the job market finding out that their Frankenstein’s-Monster contraption doesn’t distinguish between me and them anymore. Especially the one who quit WITHOUT a job, thinking that The Secret(tm) would help him create the dream job he knew was out there.

    Well…they helped make this world…and while I’ve found my shanty of protection (a Taxi Driver by blind luck, may I add, and Google has their beady eyes on my ass so I’m NOT safe anymore…) I’m not about to forget or forgive. So…

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

  • Beetlenuts

    Where it concerns the jobs not sorted out by who has the “best color parachute”, there’s no equity, and the retail employees and warehouse serfs that these large corporations treat like slaves, with no rights to privacy or rights legally petition for a redress of their grievances, are simply smarter, better people, with stronger morals and a clearer understanding of how business works. Ivy league colleges are creating woefully unprepared people, incapable of adapting to changing circumstances without being ordered around first. Most executives seem to lack any means to understand many of the basic fundamentals of business in comparison to marijuana dealers. : )

  • Beetlenuts

    Where it concerns the jobs not sorted out by who has the “best color parachute”, there’s no equity, and the retail employees and warehouse serfs that these large corporations treat like slaves, with no rights to privacy or rights legally petition for a redress of their grievances, are simply smarter, better people, with stronger morals and a clearer understanding of how business works. Ivy league colleges are creating woefully unprepared people, incapable of adapting to changing circumstances without being ordered around first. Most executives seem to lack any means to understand many of the basic fundamentals of business in comparison to marijuana dealers. : )

  • Anonymous

    IMO, it’s “The Male” primarily the white male who’s been under assault. The “Controllers” know he’s the one who’ll actually be able to stir and follow through with revolution.

    It’s time for us men to get organized and actually fight for something. Lots of cool stuff to fight for.

    Like, how about a COUNTRY for men, old and non…? One were we have the rights again?

    And, alternative living. Frankly, if you don’t have to have that giant cookie cutter house, all those stupid toys and buy stuff you don’t need to try to beg some college girl to marry you for a few years before she divorces and takes it all, you can live good. Not easy, but there’s a difference between being alive and living.

    If they wanted us to go to college only to short-change us, let’s not give them anything. We care about living, we’ve got to dis-assoicate it with their money. Oh, sure they have women and foreign slaves and propped up minorities, but they are only good at filling space. They won’t get any NEW stuff or any GOOD stuff if we stop working for them. Time to say “NO, I am NOT working this hard for some insincere promise of a promotion later, pay me top dollar for my work or let that WOMAN you want to be my supervisor do it.”

  • greengestalt

    IMO, it’s “The Male” primarily the white male who’s been under assault. The “Controllers” know he’s the one who’ll actually be able to stir and follow through with revolution.

    It’s time for us men to get organized and actually fight for something. Lots of cool stuff to fight for.

    Like, how about a COUNTRY for men, old and non…? One were we have the rights again?

    And, alternative living. Frankly, if you don’t have to have that giant cookie cutter house, all those stupid toys and buy stuff you don’t need to try to beg some college girl to marry you for a few years before she divorces and takes it all, you can live good. Not easy, but there’s a difference between being alive and living.

    If they wanted us to go to college only to short-change us, let’s not give them anything. We care about living, we’ve got to dis-assoicate it with their money. Oh, sure they have women and foreign slaves and propped up minorities, but they are only good at filling space. They won’t get any NEW stuff or any GOOD stuff if we stop working for them. Time to say “NO, I am NOT working this hard for some insincere promise of a promotion later, pay me top dollar for my work or let that WOMAN you want to be my supervisor do it.”

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