More “paycheck fairness” laws—to sit on top of the many anti-discrimination laws already on the books—are a solution in search of a problem. More than that, explains Laura Trueman, the equal pay debate is missing the fact that men—especially young men—are the ones in trouble:
In education, men graduate from high school with lower GPAs. Men earn 8 percent fewer college degrees, 50 percent fewer master’s degrees and are being overtaken by women in professional and doctoral degrees.
In income, young single men earn less than young single women in 147 of 150 of the largest U.S. cities, leading the study’s author, James Chung, to conclude, "These women haven't just caught up with the guys, in many cities, they're clocking them."
The long-term unemployed are 55 percent men, 45 percent women.
Home ownership rates show single women making up the second biggest block of home buyers after couples, comprising 16 percent of the market, while single men are 9 percent.
Marriage, often a maturing force for men, has declined precipitously among young adults; 55 percent of Americans age 25-29 are unmarried today, compared with only 16 percent unmarried in 1970.
Mental health indicators show four times as many men dying by suicide, and greater numbers are diagnosed with mental health disorders, including substance abuse. [Fox News, April 9]