The roller coaster

Brexit

The roller coaster continues to be a roller coaster.

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Brexit: ‘Many issues’ still unresolved, warns Leo Varadkar,” October 16, 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-50063022


#MeToo

So, while refusing to excuse powerful older men for their assaults on young women, I’ve also been critical of such women for using their youth and sexual attractiveness to gain access. It seems Meghan Daum shares that perspective.[1]

But then we move on to the next question: What if, in a patriarchal society where social mobility has all but evaporated,[2] that youth and sexual attractiveness is the only or even only the most important leverage these women will ever have to advance their careers? Daum alludes to and even discusses her own experience in deploying that leverage, but does not really address this question.[3] As one who has never enjoyed that particular advantage, and who now finds himself systematically excluded from the job market,[4] I know how hard it is to get your foot in the door and how easy it is to fail. The question, really, is how is one even really supposed to find a job? I can’t escape that.

Meghan Daum, “Team older feminist: am I allowed nuanced feelings about #MeToo?” Guardian, October 16, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/16/metoo-older-feminists-problem-with-everything-extract


  1. [1]Meghan Daum, “Team older feminist: am I allowed nuanced feelings about #MeToo?” Guardian, October 16, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/16/metoo-older-feminists-problem-with-everything-extract
  2. [2]Claude S. Fisher et al., “Why Inequality?” in Great Divides, ed. Thomas M. Shapiro, 3rd ed. (New York: McGraw Hill, 2003).
  3. [3]Meghan Daum, “Team older feminist: am I allowed nuanced feelings about #MeToo?” Guardian, October 16, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/16/metoo-older-feminists-problem-with-everything-extract
  4. [4]David Benfell, “About my job hunt,” Not Housebroken, n.d., https://disunitedstates.org/about-my-job-hunt/

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