Daily Clips: July 21st, 2016

US JOBLESS CLAIMS HIT THREE-MONTH LOW: Claims are near a 43-year low – which is pretty incredible. Yet the US financial markets “were little moved by the data”.

THE RELUCTANT FEMINISM OF AMERICAN MEN: This was a really compelling article. Even as a young man, I understand that I carry sexist baggage, passed on from previous generations. It is necessary, therefore, to reflect on some of these outdated ideas that still live among us.

Here is the author’s most cogent line: “Men who want one thing for their wives and another for their children.” She builds on this idea:

This female empowerment narrative — of the daughter, not the wife — is one Americans are more ready to accept. A man who says he’s never changed a diaper and is on his third marriage to a former model may appeal to a resentful male minority, but will look unfamiliar and unappealing in much of the country. A successful child, though — that’s relatable and desirable. When men have daughters, their attitudes shift and they begin to adhere less stringently to traditional gender roles; no similar effect happens to mothers of girls. Fathers of daughters are also more likely to support reproductive rights than men who don’t have girls.

WA’s UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE ISN’T TO BLAME: Great read.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.