The trends presented in my philosophy paper example should be a wakeup call for men and society in general, regarding the boy child. The fact that fewer men are earning a college degree means education standards have fallen over the years among men. This signifies there is a bigger problem. Society should reflect on the boy child and attend to the challenges that have led to a deterioration of education standards among men. It should also be a wakeup call to men in the work place to consider getting more education as a way of improving their position in the workplace.
The fact that men’s wages have taken a dip over the last decade is a matter of concern. It could mean men’s competitiveness as employees have decreased among the millennial men or the sectors dominated by men have not being doing well. This should signal a change of career aspirations for men in that they should venture in areas that have traditionally been seen as women’s such as education, health and government. These sectors of the economy have experienced growth even during recession, while sectors traditionally dominated by men, such as manufacturing and postal services, suffered heavily.
The study shows family commitments do not interrupt a man’s career but are rather an advantage. Men with children are more likely to get hired than those without. This is important because family commitments have always been a hindrance to women but an advantage to men. It is a reflection of the differences at home where much of the domestic work is done by the woman. Naturally, men therefore possess an advantage over the women in terms of career progression because they are uninterrupted by family commitments, something they should turn to their advantage.
As of whether these views are affected by my cultural background, I would say yes. Such a topic would naturally be viewed through the cultural lenses. Having grown up in a paternalistic society where men are seen more as breadwinners and women as homemakers, it is hard to view the topic otherwise.