Hey, Remember the Dudecession?

If I recall correctly (I recall correctly), when the US economy tanked, the media here spent a wee bit of time ruing the existence of a very real and totally not-merely-a-shitty-description-of-how-rich-white-dudes-feared-losing-privilege "mancession." One or two folks put this forward as proof of how we were all living in post-feminist times, with the shepocalypse to undoubtedly follow. Fun times.

Since hitting its job-loss "bottom" in February 2010, the nation has recovered 3.2 million jobs. But women only got 23 percent of them.
Oh noes! Malecovery!

There are a few explanations for this. Many women have uteri, which is definitely a negative:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fielded 5,587 pregnancy discrimination complaints in 2007. After the recession started, filings spiked over 6,300 and haven't fallen to pre-recession levels yet. Agency officials suspect "this is the tip of the iceberg," and that victims fear retribution in a brutal job market if they complain, said spokeswoman Christine Nazer.
(And don't you go asking for birth control, ladies!)

And of course, men have a wife and kids back home:
"We're getting consistent reports of a woman being told that a man got a promotion over her because he has a family to support," said Joan Williams, a law professor running the Center for Worklife Law at the University of California.
Even if you focus on the retail and public sectors, the news doesn't get any better.

I can't wait to hear what the Republican gubernatorial candidates presently fouling the Illinois prairie and President Barack "Hey Remember That Lilly Ledbetter Thing" Obama have to say about this.

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