If you’re watching Work It on Mancession then you’ve already got some troubles in your TV taste. But if you also believe in the idea of a “mancession” then you’re got troubles we can hopefully fix.


Pictured: Amaury Nolasco, Ben Koldyke (ABC/ERIC MCCANDLESS)

And it’s not your fault if you believe it, as the entire premise of the show presents the idea that women are the reason men are out of work. But that’s not the real story. “Dress up as a woman to find a job? I wouldn’t recommend it,” Donna Addkison, President and CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, writes in her new commentary on the ABC show “Work It.”

Here’s some quick facts, as promised:

  • A recent national jobs report shows that from October 2010 to October 2011, only 27% of the 1.5 million jobs added to payrolls across the country were filled by women.
  • Women who have regained jobs since the Great Recession = 17% vs Men have regained jobs since the Great Recession = 30%.
  • Men dominate occupational categories. “One-third of all working women (34.2%) are clustered into 13 occupations…” And what are they? Retail Sales, Receptionists, Child Care, Nurses. A lot of what you’d expect.
  • And did you forget that men earn more than women? “Adding insult to injury, when wage comparisons are done between men and women in these 51 job categories, we find the median weekly wage for men is $10,000 higher per year than for women.”
  • (In a world mostly run by men, we think it’s downright insulting to imply women are the reason for unemployment in the United States.)
  • There are no very positive reviews for Work It, but over 6 million people tuned in to the series premiere this January. Other shows would kill for those numbers.

This enlightening article ends by saying, “A mancession? Hardly. Dress up as a woman to find a job? I wouldn’t recommend it.”

Read the entire piece (well researched, a good read that might just enrage you a bit if you happen to be a woman): HERE

Work It airs on ABC and stars Beth Lacke, Amaury Nolasco,Rochelle Aytes and Benjamin Koldyke. Series creators and executive producers: Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen.Photo: ABC

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