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The Gynocratic Hive

“ . . . Zapparoni approved only of sexless workers and had solved this problem brilliantly.  Even here he had simplified nature, which . . . had already attempted a certain ‘economical’ approach in the slaughtering of the drones.”
—Ernst Junger,
The Glass Bees (1957)

When, in her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique, second-wave feminist Betty Friedan characterized the American suburban home as a “comfortable concentration camp” for women, well under 30 percent of American women were employed outside the home.  While many were teachers and nurses, most worked at what we would today call “pink collar” occupations—i.e., secretarial and clerical office jobs, many of them part-time.  Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62 percent of all women over 16 are part of the labor force.  Obviously, that percentage includes high numbers of mothers.  Between 1976 and 2007 the number of working mothers with children under six rose from 31.5 percent to 68.1, while the workforce participation of mothers with school-age children stood, by 2007, at 79.5 percent.  Those percentages have taken a hit during the current recession, though women’s unemployment rates remain lower than men’s.  But that is just part of the story.  More importantly,...

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