The recent study and paper by Stevenson and Wolfer, "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness"? Has been covered on a few men's rights blogs of late. Since I have started back to my 50+ hour work weeks I have had little time to do more than get home and take care of dinner and housework but I have kept up my reading as much as possible.
I came across this article on the paper at the Huffington Post:
An interesting article. I found it more interesting as someone who follows Men's rights closely because I feel we men from these sites know the answer that Marcus Buckingham attempts to lead his female readers to kicking and screaming.
The answer? Well to put it in it's most basic form one has only to say feminism. Yet this answer which speaks volumes to the men who have been on the paying side of feminism has no meaning to the modern liberated woman.
In his article Mr. Buckingham brings forth some facts men have known for years yet never seem to get published or any attention in the main stream media. Namely: Women working less hours, women getting equal pay and finally even out-stripping men in wages, women dominating education, and women outnumbering men in middle and upper management and now the fact that more women have retained jobs than men.
I was seriously surprised to see these facts mentioned on anything published by Huffington Post.
But there is more.
All told, more than 1.3 million men and women have been surveyed over the last 40 years, both here in the U.S. and in developed countries around the world. Wherever researchers have been able to collect reliable data on happiness, the finding is always the same: greater educational, political, and employment opportunities have corresponded to decreases in life happiness for women, as compared to men.
The study clearly shows that young women start off much happier than men of the same age but by age 39 the scales cross and men become much happier than women.
These findings typically follow what I have noticed about women and the danger age of the mid to upper 30's I have spoken about before. It is as if as their happiness levels decrease anything can be used or done to try and stop this downward spiral. Anything that is, as long as it is self centered and hostile towards men, it seems.
The article also brings to light that women and men spend about the same amounts of time doing housework.
It falls because when it comes to the sharing of 'home' duties, the trend lines are all moving in the direction you would predict would lead to greater happiness and less stress for women: namely toward greater parity. For example, between 1975 and today women's housework hours declined from twenty-one per week to seventeen, while men's jumped from six to thirteen.
As Mr. Buckingham states there is no reason in fact for women's happiness to fall. They have it all. The article doesn't mention legal matters but we know we can add those to the mix as well.
In all aspects of modern Western life women hold all the cards, yet they are still unhappy as they age.
We men know why. As the 40's close in on these women even the sexiest woman starts to wear. No matter how much money is sunk into plastic or botox. No matter how many hours are spent on the treadmill or how many calories are counted the most a woman who hits 40 can do is give herself a few brief years of playing cougar before nothing works anymore.
By 40 most women today have destroyed the man they had the most history with. The companion that would have helped raise their children. She has wiped out his money, betrayed him. More than likely lied about him and made at least some form of false domestic violence claim during the divorce she initiated. She then lived well off the child support she justified as in the "best interest of the child" that is her new car and the biggest house she can afford with the money while the college fund is empty waiting for the Ex to shell out even more money.
Sure it is easy for women to find a new sexual partner again and again at least till the dreaded 40s arrive.
Yet in the end what has feminism done for these women?
It has left them totally alone and taken away the traditional wealth women had for centuries in the family and with a husband who had been with them through it all.
Feminism destroyed everything that gave an older woman meaning and importance so that now a woman past 40 is just alone.