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More Men are Taking 'Pink Collar' Jobs: OK or Unfair?

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Times are tough out there! Jobs are few and far between, for men and women. And men particularly are exploring some traditionally female-dominated professions. The New York Times reports that between 2000 and 2010 "occupations that are more than 70 percent female accounted for almost a third of all job growth for men, double the share of the previous decade."

As traditionally male jobs in construction and manufacturing dry up, men are branching out, and many are pleasantly surprised to find stability, as well as less stress in some cases and more time at home, according to the report. The Times says: "While women continue to make inroads into prestigious, high-wage professions dominated by men, more men are reaching for the dream in female-dominated occupations that their fathers might never have considered." Dental assistants, receptionists, nurses... it's all fair game. Or is it? Are men taking spots women have worked for years to earn?


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  • HAlex1972 2012/06/13 04:01:35
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    I think whoever is qualified for a job should have an opportunity to get it. There should be no gender discrimination on either end.
  • edifyguy 2012/06/13 03:20:30
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    Hey, men did ALMOST ALL jobs that weren't "housewife" or "schoolmarm" until about 100 years ago in this country.......why is it so terrible for them to get back into the workforce?
  • YeahISaidIt 2012/06/13 03:10:26
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    I'll take your high-paying manual, labor jobs.
  • Adam 2012/06/13 02:59:52
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    I think calling them, "Pink Collar" jobs seems unnecessarily insulting, but even that perception of mine might be part of an outdated stereotype.

    Jobs like nursing are noble professions, and the negative perception of males holding these jobs is an outdated and ultimately meaningless stereotype. Other jobs like receptionist? Hey, you work hard to get a paycheck, you do what you have to do, I respect that. Honestly, this would have probably started happening even without the recession. And since women are being given more space in normally male dominated careers, there's no problem. And hell, in addition to the best getting the job across the board, maybe traditionally female jobs can benefit just as much from a male perspective as traditionally male jobs can benefit from a female perspective. This trend is both good, and the inevitable, positive result of feminist equal rights we have been striving for.
  • JAKACE 2012/06/13 02:59:00
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    look in to my eyes and tell me if i care.
  • martin28 2012/06/13 02:38:59
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    I don't really think their are as many "male or female" jobs as people make it to seem. A receptionist, assistant, nurses is unisexual job in my opinion. The only job I see as being more male is construction workers or more female is doctor or teacher. Other than that jobs are genderless.
  • Mishka 2012/06/13 02:23:03
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    By this skewed logic, the men are only taking the jobs because the women have moved in and stolen their jobs. What happened to the whole "men and women are equal/can do the same work" thing? Or does it only work the other way around?
  • carrotcat 2012/06/13 02:19:32
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    Disregard the gender. As long as someone wants to do the jobs.
  • ladyO 2012/06/13 02:04:16
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    well times are hard jobs are jobs they need the money i could really care less is me dental assistant is a dude or not just as long as they dont screw my teeth up
  • Ian 2012/06/13 01:54:17
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    The best person for the job should be hired, regardless of gender.
  • redhorse29 2012/06/13 01:50:03
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    Sure, why not?
  • You Know IT 2012/06/13 01:44:19
  • KoolGuyL 2012/06/13 01:34:02
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    The days of mono-gendered jobs are over. Women can have jobs traditionally for men, men can have jobs traditionally for women.
  • john n KoolGuyL 2012/06/13 04:49:02
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    A++
  • Ozymandias 2012/06/13 01:30:03
  • meme14 2012/06/13 01:29:08
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    I am kind of iffy on this - and I know it's not fair..but seriously men tend to dominate the highest levels of 'pink collar' jobs - and I just don't get it. Women dominate the hair styling industry for example...yet at the highest pay level men dominate...the same is true with cooks..at the highest level there are chefs..most of the highest paid ones are male...interior decorating, fashion design, etc..etc.. When are women ever going to be paid the same for doing the same work?
  • Mel Mar... meme14 2012/06/13 10:11:01
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    When they work hard to get to the very top...like many actually have!
  • meme14 Mel Mar... 2012/06/13 23:19:52
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    And so have a lot of women - it's more than a coincidence that men seem to be at the very top of the payscale and surpassing women even in jobs that are dominated by women. Unless you believe that men always work harder than men..I am not buying that at all, btw.
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/13 01:27:04
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    If the rates of pay are the same...
  • Heavy 2012/06/13 01:22:41
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    If women can be mechanics and construction workers and all other kinds of "traditional" man jobs, why can't a man get a "traditional" women job.
  • stl.sha... Heavy 2012/06/13 05:41:28
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    I dated a female mechanic a few years ago... It was kind of sexy. heh heh.
  • Heavy stl.sha... 2012/06/15 19:24:05
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    I think it's cool, but most men are threatened by it.
  • Red Rose 2012/06/13 01:09:03
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    It is called equality.
  • Maleficent 2012/06/13 00:53:10
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    everybody needs a job, there are just some people who don't want to do it.
  • missa 2012/06/13 00:38:28
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    better than robbing people or selling drugs. plus those women with high power "man jobs" need eye candy too!
  • hasher 2012/06/13 00:22:46
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    nothing wrong with being a male nurse. we have many at our hospital and my son is going into nursing as well . they make great nurses.
  • Hannie 2012/06/13 00:22:07
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    First come, first serve.
  • Anarchico Anthony 2012/06/13 00:04:16
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    Isn't that what people want? Equality? Women can have "male" jobs and Men can have "female" jobs. Its all fair game!
  • mamacrash 2012/06/13 00:03:16
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    Some women are taking traditionally male oriented jobs, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
  • Harold 2012/06/12 23:50:53
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    I had no idea these types of jobs had such a label to them. Does this mean I can sell AVON again and not be embarrassed about it?
  • GLaDOS 2012/06/12 23:48:19
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    A job is a job, if they can get it, good for them.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/06/12 23:46:10
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    Just referring to a group of jobs as "pink collar" is sexist and offensive.
  • hasher Marcus ... 2012/06/13 00:24:10
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    exactly. why are people labeling certain jobs as female or male???
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2012/06/12 23:35:02
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    When someone needs a job and it's there, take it. I've worked man jobs just about all my life-it just happened that way.
  • autumnfae 2012/06/12 23:31:07
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    A job is a job ..
  • Relay 2012/06/12 23:23:53
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    sure why not... its not like i will be working a "pink collar" job any time soon ...
  • Rude 2012/06/12 23:21:04
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    kinda sexy in a way
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2012/06/12 23:19:48
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    A job is a job ...
  • sally 2012/06/12 23:19:45
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    So does that mean the next time I go to the hospital there's going to be some cute male nurse looking after me?
  • hasher sally 2012/06/13 00:25:14
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    theres already plenty of male nurses and nursing assistants. we have several at my hospital .and my cute son is going to be a nurse as well.

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