Whenever I see these, I always wonder when they’ll eventually stop. This one coming from the wall street journal.
When my daughters were small they had a favorite bit of doggerel that prefigured some early feminist leanings.
“Girls go to college to get more knowledge/Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider,” they would chant at me, and, with more evident passion, at any young males in their vicinity. I’d try to take issue with the grammatical betise in the second line that, I would point out, slightly undermined the premise of the jibe, but it was no good. Girls were smarter than boys and immeasurably superior in just about every other respect.
On that, of course, I have never dared demur.
But as it turns out, and as my girls progress with grace and accomplishment up the gilded escalator of their liberal education, there’s a searing piece of truth in that couplet that points up a deep demographic chasm in this country and in much of the developed world.
Pretty much shows where he’s coming from in the first few paragraphs. Father of (only) daughters and scared they won’t have anyone to be with. Likes to insult men for not stepping up, like the rest of our culture and even Churches.
The approach is from an educational gap standpoint, and I’m omitting the statistics cited in the article because they’ve been around for a while. Close to 55:45ish in college and 60:40 in grad school. Supposedly going to get worse (which they will).
It is estimated that for every three men with bachelor’s degrees in their 20s and 30s, there are now four women. Most studies of human heterosexual attraction suggest both that intellectual capacity and achievement is an important attractor and that people tend to gravitate toward a partner with roughly the same level of attainment.
But every year, the pool of eligible male graduates is getting smaller relative to the number of women. Now of course college isn’t everything, and many women will find a perfect mate who hasn’t been through the four-year playground of parties, sleeping and the occasional lecture. But the reality is that more of them are going to have to if they want a meaningful relationship.
And there’s a larger problem confronting these new cohorts of well-educated women. It’s always been assumed that women are more selective in seeking out a partner of the opposite sex. Men are notoriously undiscriminating; women, obviously more refined and sophisticated, are more choosy. But with data now available from dating apps we are beginning to get a sense of just how big this gap is too.
Bolding mine. Can’t stop throwing the potshots around.
A simple solution would obviously be to drop all of the programs for women’s education attainment and focus them on underachieving men. That’ll never happen though. So the gap will get worse, and women along with men like these will be left crying over it.
The cause and effect is clear, but many men seem to be willfully blind about it. Especially when they have daughters.
The good news for men is that you can easily make yourself stand out by just going to college or graduate school and doing well and transitioning it into a solid job.