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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Women on Campus!

As sort of a follow-up from the "diversity" thing from yesterday, TCS has a column about the number of women outnumbering men on college campuses and how colleges are to blame.

One would be to treat it the way we treat other "underrepresentation" issues in higher education: By wondering what universities are doing wrong. There seems little doubt that universities have become less male-friendly in recent decades, to the point of being downright unfriendly in many cases. The kind of statements that are routinely made about males and masculinity in classrooms and hallways would get professors fired if they were made about blacks, gays, or many other groups. Sexual-harassment policies start with the presumption that men are guilty, and inherently depraved. And colleges now come at the tail-end of an educational system that is (compared to previous decades) anti-male from kindergarten on, meaning many males probably just want to get out as soon as they can.

No kidding. I always remember females being propped up and praised far more than males growing up. Teachers would constantly (and purposefully) ignore a male student willing to answer a question, then arbitrarily pick a girl to answer. All I've heard my entire life is "women are somehow better than men." During a psychology class, women were described as "emotionally more mature" than men; which really just means they're more prone to fly off the handle and panic when something goes wrong, rather than logically working out the problem (like a man would).

That said, I have never felt like other groups were being promoted beyond any other group at my university. At least, not in the classroom. The University of Wyoming, because of its conservative nature, has a very diverse group of people and we all more or less get along and are quite tolerant of each other's viewpoints. Even a lot of the whacko lefties here are willing to have a civil conversation with you.

In terms of official university policy, there is plenty of propping up of "non-traditional" students. This doesn't go towards the detriment of white males, though. I'm also assuming you know there are exceptions to the rule anywhere you go. Some professors are horrible about making gender/race distinctions and base their entire world-view on black/white/asian/male/female.

But getting back to the women/men ratio... I have noticed women are going to my school than men. It's interesting. My favorite part about this is the implication that women will have fewer men to choose from:

USA Today underscored that this imbalance in favor of women isn't just an impression, but fact:
Currently, 135 women receive bachelor's degrees for every 100 men. That gender imbalance will widen in the coming years, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education.

This is ominous for every parent with a male child. The decline in college attendance means many will needlessly miss out on success in life. The loss of educated workers also means the country will be less able to compete economically. The social implications -- women having a hard time finding equally educated mates -- are already beginning to play out.

But the inequity has yet to provoke the kind of response that finally opened opportunities for women a generation ago. In fact, virtually no one is exploring the obvious questions: What has gone wrong? And what happens to all the boys who aren't in college?

Awesome. My chances are improving! :)