And no, I don’t seriously believe a word of the nonsense you’ve just read. But then you probably guessed it was parody, because nobody with an ounce of sense talks like that about men. We don’t treat male career implosion as biologically determined or sadly inevitable, don’t leap quite so often from half-baked guesswork about one man’s motives to sweeping generalisations about all men.
Say something similarly stupid about women, however, and plenty of people will nod vigorously in agreement. Of course women just don’t really want what men have got! They’d frankly rather be at home with their kids. Even the ones that, um, don’t have kids. It’s only natural.
When we are summing across the population to reach the average then by definition we’re talking about sweeping generalisations.
If 10% of women have a different attitude towards employment then the average for all women will be different.
Oh, look, what do we see?
Female employment rate 69.6 %
Male employment rate 79.2%
That is, of course, working age population.
Good, so we’ve established that, on average, there is a difference between men and women in their desire for employment.