Here's a race men look certain to win: to lose the most jobs during the recession. In the United States, 80% of all job losses have been among male employees. Men are losing jobs so quickly that women are expected to soon make up a majority of the US workforce.
The same is happening in Ireland: I extrapolated the most recent declines in male and female employee numbers from the CSO's Quarterly National Household Survey (tables 2A-2B). In the most recent wave, men make up 55% of all employees in Ireland. If the current rate of job losses by gender continues then men will make up just over 49% of all employees by October 2011. That's 30 months from now.
Back in the USA they are talking about a seismic shift in gender relations and roles as a result of these trends. Trends that are not expected to be reversed even as the economy recovers. Add Ireland's demographic trends to economics trends and pretty soon the fastest growing social network will be 'dads-n-toddlers' groups.