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Another girl nodded, then admitted she’d spent the last few years working out which of her male gay friends she could start a family with, since no heterosexual men she’d met in the last few years seemed up for the job of life partner, let alone father. She is 23.
So would the gay guys pay child support also? How would this work? The fact that these women are surrounded by gay guys reveals what pool they swim in. Perhaps they might find suitable guys if they move to where the eligible boys are (e.g. Not in NYC< Washington D.C., etc).
That evening as I turned the key in the lock of the home I owned, in which my partner of 13 years was waiting, I felt two things. First: absolute relief that I wasn’t a young woman in 2016. Second: a deep sadness for those who are.
Because this is life for those born shy of 1980: a hopeless offering of limp employment, academic debt, sex so casual choosing partners is as easy as swiping right with your index finger, and of course, little hope of ever having a ‘place of one’s own.’
Well, first of all, they can have all of the sex that they want. This is what Feminism fought for. As for the limp employment, much of it comes from their earlier choices in university degrees; however much of it comes from high taxes and burdensome regulations (things that liberals like most of these women like). And once again, a place of you own can be had if you would just straighten up and fly right (keep in mind that one can’t have it all).
Meanwhile a recent study from the Resolution Foundation think tank found that more than a third of women in their twenties would this year be earning less than they need to live on. Some 36% of young women (and 29% of young men) are predicted to receive less than the £8.25 per hour that experts say is now the basic cost of living in the UK.
So how exactly do they survive? And what are these people doing about improving their situation?
No wonder, then, that at least some of this generation see things a little bleakly. Lena Dunham, of course, has captured this sad-eyed, antsy demographic in Girls, which returned again to screens this week on Sky Atlantic for its penultimate fifth season.
Well, at least she isn’t starving like the people in the previous paragraph are implied to be.
Girls, in case you’ve not seen it, is a sepia-tinged tragi-soap that speaks of a world of dead-end sex, dead-end jobs and expensively-educated kids working day shifts at their local coffee house. At first I didn’t get the fuss. This was Sex And The City but with bad footwear, I remember thinking. Except it wasn’t.
So who decided to get an expensive useless education? What were they thinking? Do any of these people think straight? Apparently the expensive education did not teach them critical thinking.
Dunham has become something of a town crier for a frightened generation: young men and women who, behind the social media posturing, struggle to make sense of a world that seems to have no room for them.
Yes, they do like to posture. They are good at that. Very often, it appears that is the only skill that they have. Is that skill useful to employers? Is it useful to society? Perhaps this might explain why the world that seems to have no room for them.
I know what you’re thinking: “Pah! This generation has never known the threat of military service. These young women will never know what it feels like to be the legal ‘subject’ of their husband or be denied access to contraception.