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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 5:45 p.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When a people run out of things to do, or more likely the things they would like to do, they might often just take a nap. At least that is the way it is with me. The good thing about the nap is that it makes the time go by and brings me closer to the things I like, like food. But if there were not food, waking up might not be such a good thing.

If our economy and the world takes away the things we like to do, we might opt for the permanent nap.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

how can men be victms when feminists have cornered that market

its so confusing for politically correct fundamentalists when facts do not match dogma

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

re: Counter Intelligence

Don't you mean feminists & every other demographic group except white males?

Los Angeles, CA

Looking at the CDC statistics, the real question here is why are so many Utahans killing themselves? Utah men appear to be killing themselves at twice the rate of California men, and Utah women appear to be killing themselves at three times the rate of California women. What's going on over there?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

The culture is the main factor Wastintime.

As one approaching the big 5-0 and living in the predominant culture of this state, there is a lot of pressure to be a provider, great father, do your church callings, be successful in life, spend more time with your kids, read your scriptures, serve others etc. etc. All of these are fine things. But when the economy seems to attack all of this and make life difficult to find that time, energy or resources, I think men often feel inadequate. Also, the society in general seems to value mene less and less. Women have some similar issues in the culture but often their own singular issues that come from the culture. Also, women in Utah generally have more children and in this economy, that is stressful in itself.

There are a lot of economic pressures along with unique cultural pressures that put a lot of pressure on both men and women in the Utah culture.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I can't imagine being a Middle Aged White guy,
college educated,
seeing your life's career be outsourced to India or China,
your entire life's savings vaporize in the bush recession,
Jobless rates higher because companies would rather hire a 20's something with no wife, no kids, and still living at home with Mom and Dad becasue he'll take $10.50 per hour,

...and a Utah culture that still believes Middle Aged college educated LDS Women with grown-up children can still stay home and be keep being a home-maker for nobody while expecting her husband to earning more than ever before on a salary 50% of what he made dcades ago,
has anything to do with it?!

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

The "Utah culture" is good at guilt. You can never do enough, there will always be more home teaching, more scripture reading you didn't get to, whatever calling, an imperfect family... When do we feel good about ourselves? I guess we're saving that for the next life huh?

And people are starting to feel the need to walk 20 miles to the temples as a spiritual experience. Great.

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