Is there really a housing crisis in the Yukon?
There is no doubt that a housing crisis exists for some. Ask that employment-challenged guy on the street, curled up beside that comforting block of warm concrete, if there is a housing crisis in Yukon!
Because there sure is for him. But, he's an addict, probably, or he wouldn't be in those circumstances so we'll just leave him there and hope he smartens up some day :)
Yet, isn't it true that the housing “shortage” has at its roots, some societal causes? Consider divorce, just to name one. In past times, when divorce was not so common, women used to actually fear widowhood. Get your head around that! Employment for middle-aged women in those days was sketchy at best, and so, losing one's husband to an untimely death created a real void both emotionally and financially.
Not so today! There are currently a buffet of employment opportunities available for women, so widowhood is no longer most womens deepest fear! In fact, empowered by all the equal rights they possess, many women are effectively making widows of themselves, on purpose!
Isn't it true that originally, women's rights were an angry response to the abuses, both real and perceived, which they endured at their husbands hands? Enough of this, we can get jobs too! Then who will cook and clean for you?? Stupid knuckle-dragging beer drinking abusers! And so the movement started, gained strength and overcame the obstacles until today we have about as many women employed as men, with pay equity being the last obstacle to overcome. Herculean achievement, that!
Equality with men, should've shot higher maybe?
You've heard of Murphy's law? May I now present, “doug's law”? It goes like this: “The very act of solving a problem creates a new one.” Now let's examine the new problems this movement has created, shall we? For one, a housing “shortage”, because the split family now requires two homes, each commodious and expensive. Next, any children born require care, necessitating public daycare services be provided at yet more expense, where previously, the mother of the home provided these services gratis. Next problem, increased victimization of women because they don't have the protection their husbands used to provide. So now we require “safe-houses” and increased police protection. (Read the book: Dial 911 and die) If you doubt the validity of this last argument, I present for evidence the ever-increasing numbers of slain young women in this once peaceful country of ours.
If I still haven't completely lost you, you are one brave reader! I now pose one last question: Could these trends be reversed? Almost impossible! The extra incomes now being earned and taxed to provide these required new government services are being absorbed by increased pricing of goods and services. Good old supply and demand economics, my friend. Two incomes in the household? Your car repair bill just went up a bit. Oh and so did the cost of that second home. Oh yeah and groceries shot up just a bit too. That is just the way it works. So, quit your job and stay at home Mom? Forget it! It would be extra difficult for any family to survive on just one income these days, wouldn't it? So we are now trapped in the reality we have all created for ourselves. Blaming any particular gender or group for these new problems seems pointless at best. The only solution now, is perhaps to be found in how we conduct ourselves in the new reality we all face, maybe making small adjustments over time in whatever direction we can collectively agree upon..