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June 13, 2014

HAMILTON: Little girls and Jubilee Fathers Days

Niagara Gazette — Not since my youthful Navy days and near daily visits to the Burger King on Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk, Va., have I noticed that there were five guys lined up to be served at the counter and no women. I commented on it to those guys and then jokingly asked the young woman employee behind the counter, “Where are all of the women?”

She scanned the line, leaned forward toward me, and in a mock whisper said, “They are all at work.”

I have to believe that there were times when there were all women standing in the line and no men; but the fact was that all of the men that were standing in line were all gainfully employed. Nonetheless, it did make me think of the relationship between the sexes and the genders — the genders being traditional female and male roles in society.

In places where there are both high poverty and significant minority numbers, more women are apt to be working than men. There are socio-economic reasons for that being the case.

Women are less threatening to prospective employers, more apt to have custody of the children that they produce and are more likely to get and keep the necessary public services that allow them to support those families with lower income jobs.

Meanwhile men, who can also be excellent and loving fathers, often find prospective employers intimidated by them and traditionally can’t get the support services to support families as readily as do women.

Additionally, men, as a result of a failing school system that is overwhelmingly run by females who may be like many employers and are intimidated by these boys to men, and a society that too often extols the lack of good jobs for them, combined with a general sense of hopelessness, often simply drop out and tune into the streets for survival, thus ensuring their continuance of a lifetime of failure.

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