The dismal job market is taking its toll on us all. But job losses have been disproportionately hitting men, who are more likely to work in down-and-out industries such as construction and manufacturing. Calling the recession a "Mancession," as many have, is an overstatement. But women represent half of the employed workforce for the first time.
The changing workplace is reshaping households as well. In many families, women have become the primary earners, and men the primary caregivers. They're taking on more household responsibilities both by choice and necessity. From childcare to kitchen chores to errands, the home is becoming the man's domain.