D. Dowd Muska


Girl Power Confronts America’s Scary Future

December 06, 2012

We had a great run, gents. It was a blast, bros. Hell of a ride, homies.

But our day is done.

It’s time to give way to the gynocracy.

If the 2012 election proved anything, it’s that females have the advantage in the political sphere. Exit polls revealed that 53 percent of voters were women. Men were evenly divided between Barack Obama and John McCain. But male voters returned to the GOP’s corner four years later, preferring Mitt Romney by seven points. There was no similar shift for women -- 55 percent went for Obama, not much of a drop from 2008.

If women had abandoned the incumbent at the same rate as men, Romney would be rehearsing his inaugural address, not pondering how the neoconservative media’s echo chamber got 2012 so wrong.

In January, there will be 20 female U.S. Senators, the most in history. (As recently as 1991, 98 men served in the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”) The U.S. House of Representatives will also see a record number of women members. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will return as Minority Leader, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is likely to stay on as head of the Democratic National Committee.

Liberty-loving activists flummoxed by $11.5 trillion in publicly held debt, $4.8 trillion in “intergovernmental” debt, and unfunded liabilities in the hundreds of trillions of dollars need to study the ideological gender gap. In its 2011 analysis of America’s “political typologies,” the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press discovered that women comprise 57 percent of the “solidly liberal” cohort. Sixty-one percent of “hard-pressed Democrats” -- primarily blue-collar Southerners and Midwesterners -- were female. In contrast, 56 percent of “staunch conservatives” and a downright disturbing 67 percent of “libertarians” were men.

Of the female members of Congress assuming office next month, two-thirds will be Democrats, and thus, generally more willing to raise taxes and enact new programs and entitlements than their partisan opponents. The three women on the U.S. Supreme Court reflexively defend assaults on constitutional limits to government growth.

The gynocracy is backed by vast economic resources that fund lobbying efforts, contribute to campaigns, and recruit quality candidates. New research by Kristin Smith, a Carsey Institute family demographer, documents that married, working couples -- i.e., the kind of people who follow current events and vote -- are on the cusp of income parity. In 2007, Smith writes, “employed wives contributed 44 percent of total family earnings. During the recession (two years later), their share of total family earnings rose by 3 percentage points, to 47 percent by 2009, a statistically significant rise, and the rate held steady in 2010 and 2011.”

Smith observes that the Great Recession “affected men’s employment more than women’s, with 69 percent of the jobs lost held by men.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, females held 46.9 percent of all civilian positions. (The totals: 74.3 million for men, 65.6 million for women.) There’s cause to believe that sometime soon, males will no longer be a majority of the American workforce. Two factors make the prediction reasonable: educational attainment and occupational trends.

As The Chronicle of Higher Education noted earlier this year, “young women enroll in college, persist, and graduate from it at higher rates” than young men. (In 2010, The New York Times lamented that the University of North Carolina was “one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges.”) With more bosses demanding a postsecondary sheepskin as evidence that applicants can think clearly, show up on time, and complete demanding tasks, female grads will have an edge.

The federal government’s economic forecasters consider jobs in social services, healthcare, and education to be poised for the most growth through 2020. These “soft” professions are not attractive to many men. Manufacturing and energy, heavily staffed by males, are making comebacks, but environmental extremists are rabidly assembling roadblocks. The rebound of physically demanding, dangerous, dirty, “manly” trades is far from secure.

The vision of ‘70s-era feminists has been, for the most part, realized. Women enjoy incontestable political power, buttressed by impressive economic clout.

Now what?

The American Woman has attained her status at a moment of grueling economic adversity, horrific family fragmentation, and looming fiscal calamity. A male-dominated establishment hasn’t maintained consistent progress in the nation’s standard of living. Nor has it halted the chaos fostered by illegitimacy and fatherlessness. And there’s no help in sight on the government-insolvency front.

Can women do any better? Will they? We’re about to find out.

D. Dowd Muska (www.dowdmuska.com) writes about government, economics, and technology. Follow him on Twitter @dowdmuska.

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