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young men. declining labor force participation. unemployment.

What’s wrong with American men? It’s been a decade since the Great Recession and labor participation rates—people who are employed or actively seeking work—still hasn’t recovered among men under 55. 

A slew of media reports have attempted to explain the problem. These men are young. In their prime, we are told. And they’re getting left behind.

The media doesn’t have an answer. Either do economists. But one thing is clear: White male employment is the only number that matters.

testosterone, men, myth, aggression

Violence in men, we are told, is inevitable. Testosterone makes men bad—violent, aggressive, willing to take foolish risks for sex and other animalistic pleasures.

The narrative is repeated endlessly in newspapers and on TV. Perhaps it rings true because it fits so neatly with original sin, a Christian doctrine that says you are tainted by birth and only through constant struggle can attain a state of grace

There’s only one problem. Everything you know about testosterone is wrong.

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