Hearst Corp/Seattle PI editorial cartoonist David Horsey’s Father’s Day cartoon caused a bit of a storm. The cartoon depicts a man in the kitchen standing in front of his daughter who asks, “Daddy, Since you lost your job and mommy is supporting us, should I give my Father’s Day card to her?” On his blog, David notes that nasty comments he received on Facebook but also offers what he was trying to convey.
The recession that has had a grip on the country for the last two years has hit working class men disproportionately. The term “mancession” wasn’t invented by me, it was coined by an economist to emphasize the fact that males in blue collar jobs are the biggest losers in the bad economy.
My cartoon may have been a little raw, but it wasn’t all that far off target. American men are entering a new era where the old assumptions about their place in society are being challenged as never before. This is not necessarily bad, but, for some guys, it will not be easy.