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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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  • ~Adrien~ 2012/06/14 01:26:27
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    ~Adrien~
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    Pink collar?? I guess you learn something new everyday. A job is a job, no matter what gender usually works at a specific type of profession. At least they are working & not depending on the government to support them. . .
  • Dyonus 2012/06/14 01:25:22
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    Dyonus
    +1
    Equal rights goes both ways.
  • Christo... Dyonus 2012/06/14 01:31:01
    Christopher Kirchen
    It should, but women and minorities like to monopolize that.
  • doomkitten Christo... 2012/06/14 05:10:23
  • Christo... doomkitten 2012/06/14 13:41:01
    Christopher Kirchen
    Interesting; you don't like discrimination but you feel free to call someone else names. Try again, neanderthal.
  • Merhabi... Christo... 2012/06/14 17:24:56
    Merhabi Daham
    Well, women and minorities are starting behind the rest of society, so their equal rights needs to give them a little bonus to make it truly equal.
  • Christo... Merhabi... 2012/06/15 00:32:18
    Christopher Kirchen
    No. it doesn't.
  • Merhabi... Christo... 2012/06/15 02:51:23
    Merhabi Daham
    Well it's simple math.
  • Christo... Merhabi... 2012/06/15 03:03:49
    Christopher Kirchen
    No it's not; they can never be truly equal.
  • Merhabi... Christo... 2012/06/17 03:48:03
    Merhabi Daham
    Wait, isn't that the point? Women and minorities cannot achieve an equal status in society through conventional means so affirmative action must make up the difference until true equilibrium is reached? I thought, that you thought, that women and minorities were already equal.
  • Christo... Merhabi... 2012/06/17 05:38:57
    Christopher Kirchen
    My point is, they can't. and that's the way it's SUPPOSED to be.
  • Merhabi... Christo... 2012/06/17 06:09:20
    Merhabi Daham
    Women and minorities can never become equal, because they are inherently inferior? Is that what you're saying? I just want to confirm.
  • Brother Bo 2012/06/14 01:14:02
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    Brother Bo
    +2
    82% of women don't like men who wear pink shirts, which is OK, because
    82% of men who wear pink shirts don't like women.
  • John Duffee 2012/06/14 00:53:45
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    John Duffee
    Pink collar? Really? And here I was thinking this was some kind of reference to the sex industry.

    If women can outearn men and have it be OK, then of course it has to be OK for men to take low-paying, thankless jobs that have people question their manhood and whether or not they're castrated or gay.
  • The Demented One 2012/06/14 00:38:15
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    The Demented One
    There's this little thing called equal rights, where-in our country, we believe everyone is created as equals.
  • pops 2012/06/14 00:32:59
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    pops
    now the men have to carry the mouth wash and vaseline.
  • RoseyRhod 2012/06/13 23:35:51
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    RoseyRhod
    +3
    It's a sexist question. There should be no "men's jobs" or "women's jobs." There should only be jobs.
  • Christo... RoseyRhod 2012/06/14 01:32:08
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    "Should" means nothing. Life's about what IS.
  • doomkitten Christo... 2012/06/14 05:20:51
    doomkitten
    So, the slaves "should" not have been freed? Civil Rights "should" not have been passed? Unless we have the courage to confront injustice and CHANGE unfair practices, true equality, the very ideal on which our country was founded, will never exist.
  • doomkitten RoseyRhod 2012/06/14 05:17:32
    doomkitten
    +3
    The question isn't sexist, the reality is. At most corporations, women have few opportunities beyond factory and clerical jobs. The higher up you go in the company, the fewer women, even in most women-owned companies, because women are rarely allowed to acquire the experience necessary to reach the top spots. The really interesting part of this will happen when the economy improves, and we'll see whether people are promoted by merit or gender. My prediction is that although many more women will be promoted than in the past, men will still be promoted more frequently, even with less experience, by executives who just can't get past their prejudices about traditional gender roles.
  • Tom Camfield 2012/06/13 23:13:07
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    Tom Camfield
    +1
    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
  • PapaBC 2012/06/13 22:42:49
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    PapaBC
    I want an easier job...
  • RoseyRhod PapaBC 2012/06/13 23:36:40
    RoseyRhod
    +2
    Traditionally female jobs are not "easier." Try being a nurse for a day. You will run screaming. Most days I want to.
  • doomkitten RoseyRhod 2012/06/14 05:23:39
    doomkitten
    Nurses are amazing people- bravo to you! Or I guess I should say "Brava!"
  • Christo... doomkitten 2012/06/17 06:14:37
    Christopher Kirchen
    Yes they are indeed; having a long medical history I can say that nurses are wonderful. I have only met one that rubbed me the wrong way, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was my fault; I was in a lot of pain at the time.
  • doomkitten PapaBC 2012/06/14 05:22:02
    doomkitten
    Then you had better not take a "woman's" job. We usually are expected to perform several full jobs for one paycheck. It's called "multitasking", but it's really just a rip-off. Enjoy.
  • Sperry23 2012/06/13 22:10:48
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    Sperry23
    +2
    And we need to see more women in the construction and manufacturing trades as well. The Rosie the Riveter period of WW2 proved women can do just as good a job as men, and sometimes better.
  • doomkitten Sperry23 2012/06/14 05:24:24
    doomkitten
    Yes!! Awesome comment. Spot on.
  • Nintaku 2012/06/13 22:01:15
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    Nintaku
    Psh! Pink Collar?
    500 years ago Pink was a manly color due to blood not washing out of clothes, and blue was the most feminine color possible.
    If you are wondering, in European/Italian/Byzantine art the character called "The Virgin Mary" is often represented wearing a blue dress. The color used is Ultramarine, which is ground up lapis Lazuli mixed with a binder. Ever wonder why whenever someone is making fun of a French character or he is being used for laugh that something startling happens and he says "sacré bleu!" It is an old french curse.

    All colors are equal, and though I personally loath pastel pink for it being So Damn Boring, I do not dislike people who wear it.
  • TheCouchF*cker 2012/06/13 21:55:23
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    TheCouchF*cker
    +2
    A paying job is a paying job.
  • AmericanVirus 2012/06/13 20:18:09
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    AmericanVirus
    +2
    A job is a job and if they keep outsourcing them, you gotta take what you can get
  • Bleach the Limit 2012/06/13 19:38:30
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    Bleach the Limit
    +4
    No different than a woman working in male-dominated professions.
  • whispering hands 2012/06/13 18:01:05
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    whispering hands
    +7
    Idk last time I checked this is 2012 not 1958.
  • gocar 2012/06/13 17:29:09
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    gocar
    +1
    A job is a job. is a job. Perfect for men to find out what women have put up with all these years.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/06/13 17:22:24
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    TimothyBrianFoley
    +1
    wherever they can get a job they better they are at If pink collar jobs are available i will sign up
  • Tasine 2012/06/13 17:09:26
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    Tasine
    People who will work should be given any job they are qualified for. What puts food on the table and pays the mortgage is a JOB - unless one is a welfare person - then it is someone else's job that puts their food on the table.
  • kraftymomma1979 2012/06/13 17:02:31
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    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    Right now, we're all taking whatever we can get in order to pay bills. That's just the way it is.
  • ComeOnNow 2012/06/13 16:59:10
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    ComeOnNow
    +1
    Aren't we beyond the whole jobs stereotype. I am happy with anyone that is self sustaining and hope that they. Like what they do. It is the lazy ass ones that fake injuries for social security disability or have chuldren and do not support them that screw every tax payer that agitate me.
  • caius madison 2012/06/13 16:50:21
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    caius madison
    +2
    Do what you must do. I don't understand why jobs are considered sex oriented anyway, didn't we figure out that both sexes can do whatever they put their minds to?
  • Sadie 2012/06/13 16:46:03

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