1.)To what extent will the "mancession" influence a change of understanding regarding what constitutes manliness and being a man?
What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. I made my way through this stuff, and yep, it's true. You come out stronger in your manhood and person-hood. There really isn't anything left that corporations can do to you, and there's no insult that can stick. Those who have not been through it look like a bunch of children playing in sandboxes, oblivious to what's coming down the road for them.2.)What is the answer for helping the over 40 BWM's to obtain equal or better jobs than what they once had?
Socialism.3.)What is the secret of success if you are an over 40 BWM?
Keep busy, don't give up, face your feelings head on, maintain your primary relationships, sell any guns you own, don't forget to smell the roses, try things you've always wanted to try, learn to cook with beans, take your vitamins, get plenty of rest, forget about the corporation. It's already forgotten about you.4.)Do we need to remedy age discrimination in light of the fears of employers of taking on older employees?
The only thing that will do that is socialism. Or maybe some other system that nobody has dreamed up yet. Corporations are well insulted and can practice their fears intrepidly. However, once they hire you, they are at risk. Thereby, corporations try to get rid of their people once they hit 55 through early retirement. Now, what are you going to do for the remaining 25-30 years of your life? This is worse for those laid off at 40. They've made it only half way.
What happened, starting in 2001 -- the movie referenced in the article is 10 years too late -- was a perfect storm of dot-com bubble bursting, Y2K concerns evaporating, crooked corporate officers stealing, the 9/11 attack upsetting and a bunch of people getting caught in the headlamps in their 40s and 50s. This led to the Great Recession, the Economic Meltdown of 2008, and now this article. Way too late. What has happened is dead and gone, and now we face a future that is uncertain and scary for those who are just now taking a look at it.5.)Is this a legitimate concern, or is this just a psychobabble, self-serving, over indulgent, whining, puff-piece?
It's as real as sin. If you don't believe that, you have not encountered it . . . yet. It's just a matter of time.
Reaching 40 has always been a curse in the job market. Reaching 50 has always meant death of the career. Hitting 60, forget it . . . unless you've built something else up.
Well children, keep this all in mind as you age. That's one of the very certain things, along with death and taxes.
Also keep in mind that even though some people still make good money all the way through, that is becoming ever less common. Luck has a great deal to do with it, especially luck at forecasting what the future will bring. There's not much new about this, other than it has hit so many people in such a short time. Just one decade, and it doesn't look very good that conditions will improve.
So . . . be prepared. Try to get a workable strategy. Concentrate on your core skills and talents. If you don't know them, figure them out.
Here's a good place to start:Richard Bolles and Figuring It Out
I've been recommending this guy ever since I used his ideas to move from a dead-end warehouse job to my first gig in computers, circa 1979.
Watch out for shysters. It's pretty impossible to not get burned by these crooks, but at least learn from your mistakes.
Well, it's time to work on one of my gigs. A core talent for me is writing, have been strong at it since grade school. I developed technical acumen along the way, and those two things have helped to keep my head above water. What are your core talents and skills? You've got them. Everybody does. You will need them. Everybody will.
I was at one of our public libraries last year picking up research material for a gig. A working-class hero showed up, his first time in a public library. He wanted his resume printed, and the library did it for the whopping charge of $0.10 per page. The guy, a welder by trade, was overjoyed at this service. He got a dozen copies done on a nice color laser printer, decent 20-lb. stock. I suppose he could have gone to a copy outfit somewhere, but then I noticed him browsing through the books. As I was checking out, he was getting his library card. GOAL!
Whatever we do, keep our public libraries. They are absolutely necessary for job hunters, career developers and freelancers. If we take this little bit of socialism away, expect violence in the streets. This is not a threat but an inevitable outcome from pushing people to the absolute last threads of their ropes.
They say you have to hit rock bottom before you can pull up. Eh, it's more like hitting a series of rock bottoms. Most people have no idea how deep this canyon is and how many shelves are to be hit on the way to the bottom.
Then there are the thermals that raise you up for a brief time, then let you fall again. It can be maddening. I finally had to swear off those thermals (temp jobs) because they were holding me back. Well, that's just me, but I bet it happens a lot.
What may come of this is a voting population of tough self-made men and women who have absolutely no sympathy for inherited wealth, celebrity wealth, corporate wealth or any wealth garnered from anything less than exercising core skills and talents to the max.
That would be interesting.