These silly blurbs just keep coming,
It’s a Monday afternoon in the office and I am sitting with my mouth open on its hinges. Admittedly this is not that unusual when you edit Cosmopolitan, but this time I found myself particularly limp-jawed.
Me and five other members of the team had gathered to discuss ideas for an upcoming issue. A young writer – a smart, smiley, up-tempo type of woman no older than 23, kicked things off…
“Why don’t we do a story on millennial breakdowns?” she began. “You know, because we’ve little hope of a paid job, we’re saddled with debt, we will probably never own a home, we can’t get a boyfriend because they’re all onTinder …” She went on. And on.
Where to start? How about the paid job part. The first thing with respect to getting a paid job is being able to do something that somebody is willing to pay for you to do for them. I will use my one of my entitlement princess nieces as an example (actually all of my nieces are entitlement princesses). She got Dad to pay for a faraway school (and room and board), when she could have commuted to the local University (and with a scholarship). She decided to get a degree in Political Science on a whim, and was truly shocked that there was not a fine job waiting for her when she graduated; for after all, she had a degree now. The last part is actually true; this is what she expected. Short answer — it does matter what your degree is in. STEM degrees teach one to think somewhat (hopefully), non STEM degrees teach you how not to think. Employers undoubtedly often think that it better to hire a man with a welding degree from a community college rather than anyone with a bachelor’s degree from a non-STEM program. The hope is that the welder would at least be able to think effectively about practical matters.
Now on the debt part. Yes, USA universities are bloated. Lots of administrators, lots of resort amenities, lots of diversity coordinators, lots of just plain greed. Most of the outrageous increases in cost are fueled by easy loan money for students. So there is some sympathy for students on this. However, many just take the money and effectively waste it obtaining silly degrees, buying cars, feeling the awesome righteousness of being an SJW, and in general, living the high life for four or more years. There are alternatives to high priced useless degrees, for example, starting out at lower cost community colleges, learning a vocation elsewhere, etc. But these are not what high powered SIWs do. If there is one group that has benefited from the SIW mentality, it is Universities. These institutions should be ashamed of themselves. In the US, student loan debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy, so it is forever. A little foresight in early adulthood could go a long way.
Now on the the home part. Why might they never own a home? Let us count the ways. First they might not be a good marriage prospect due to some combination of riding the carousel, general bitchiness, large student debt, a sense of entitlement, etc. Furthermore, the young women in the magazine office probably define owning a home as owning a home in prime media market (e.g. New York, Washington, San Francisco, LA, Seattle, etc.). Of course these markets are priced very highly. Scores of other markets (often in so called fly-over country) are very affordable. And once again, more likely than not, their degree qualified them for entry in a field that really is not that lucrative.
Now on the potential boyfriends are on Tinder issue. Well, the men with options are openly taking advantage of them; just like liberated women have been doing for forty or so years. Some of these men might make good husbands sometime, but are they good bets? Probably there are many overlooked fellas that might be good bets, but are overlooked by these young women. Whose fault is that?
As has been mention before here and elsewhere, men have been discouraged from attending university; and just discouraged from doing anything that is productive or potentially productive in general. So where might these men that they desire come from?