And now, for the last in my series of posts about what this blog isn’t about. The recent decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has sent shock waves through global financial markets, and one group in particular will be affected more than others: young European men. If you are a young man who was born after 1980 and currently lives in Europe, you’ve probably been shaken up by this decision.
Obviously, there is some variability within the European male population– those who are descended from immigrants who arrived during the years following the Second World War probably don’t care very much one way or the other, whereas those who are descended from native European populations probably think their socioeconomic future has been compromised.
That being said, this blog is NOT an MRA blog. For those readers who are not familiar with Men’s Rights Activism (alternatively, Men’s Rights Advocacy), it is a sociopolitical movement that is quite popular among Internet users that is founded on a single argument. This argument states that social changes in the world’s industrial nations during the middle of the 20th century have lead to the marginalization of men:
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Founding member countries are in dark blue.
Evidence that is typically offered in favor of this argument includes the lower average rates of workforce participation and educational attainment, higher rates of crime and incarceration, and greater likelihood of unfavorable rulings in divorce proceedings by their respective countries’ judicial systems. This argument is based on false premises, and this blog will attempt to explain why that is the case. First-world men are not necessarily worse off now than their ancestors who lived during supposedly more conservative times.