I can’t escape the triggers.
It is rare, but lately there have been things in the news that are very interesting to me and translate directly to my vocation. My “show prep” can become mundane. Same thing different day, forced into the news cycle by the wildest pontifications.
I’m talking about the energy markets. Everyone knows that the gasoline price is down. Many know that oil fell…a lot. Fewer still know that Saudi unilaterally cut their oil sales price two times lately, most recently on November 3rd, causing said fall. And still fewer would have reason to know that OPEC meets on 27 November, which will be the first OPEC meeting of weight since the oil collapse at the end of 2008 and the months that followed in early 2009.
But dadgummit, right there, on Bloomberg News, not even the courtesy of a trigger alert, was a series of headlines about economics and divorce. Beckoning me.Ululating. No mast to strap myself too, I was drawn straight to the craven half truths.
With all the news about marriage and divorce lately, especially news about how the economy correlates, coupled with one after another nationally prominent story of some brooding pasty white teen boy planning or perpetrating murder, groups of teen girls fighting, groups of young black males in small or large groups doing “knock down” or just randomly perpetrating violence wherever they happen to be, and the endless social pontification cum avoid-the-issue talk, and the books lamentations about the state of the family and its collapse, which we have presided over…this is the best they can do?
When will an analog to Shelby Steel write the book “Male Guilt“? I wondered that after my chat with the talk show host. And I wondered again after reading things like this in the articles:
Divorce among 50-somethings has doubled since 1990.
These trends are often blamed on feminists
a different powerful force changing families: the economy.
And this, where they add to the economic explanation:
people expect to live longer and are less willing to endure a blah or bad marriage. [ ]
“Men want to be taken care of,” Brown says. “And women are tired of taking care of men.”
Of the three groups I mentioned earlier, brooding white boys, girls fighting, and groups of young black males, the white boys are vivisected by the media, the girls are treated like a sort of side show…move along quickly, other folks paid their 25 cents to stand by the ropes, but when the young black males act out the narrative is that we need more after school programs. White Guilt.
At Bloomberg we see male guilt (I’ve repeatedly referred to it is male self effacement) manifest even in what is supposed to be economic analysis. Worse, the mention of kids without parents and the associated social pathologies is stated. Stop. Other societal side effects are listed. Stop. Nowhere is there even a wink to plausible causality.
Men want to be cared for and women are sick of caring for us. Indeed.