An interesting piece titled Men saying “no thanks” to college appeared in The Denver Post today.
While focusing primarily on the Colorado angle, the article touches upon the wider cultural phenomenon which has seen women gain vast over-representation when it comes to participation in today’s college-industrial complex. Taking a freshly unbiased view, the article dares to touch upon utterances which are a strict no-no when pointing out the duplicity of the feminized atmospherics and oppressive behavioral and expressive etiquette in the halls of higher learning across the land.
[John] Maxwell is among a generation of young men who increasingly are turning their backs on colleges, universities and the associated degrees — either dropping out of upper-level learning or never considering it a viable option.
Some of the young men shunning campus say they don’t want to take on massive student-loan debt.
Others say the campus environment has become testy, even hostile, toward men. “You definitely get the sense you are the problem,” said Maxwell. “One woman once told me that she could use statistics to determine how many of my friends were rapists.”
The author proceeds to cite the “dismaying” statistics.
Although more people than ever are attending college, the ratio of male to female students is nearly 1:2. Compare that to 1960, when there were 1.6 males for every female graduating from a U.S. four-year college and 1.55 males for every female undergraduate, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Today, women hold almost 60 percent of all bachelor degrees, and women now account for almost half of students in law, medical and business graduate programs.
Meanwhile, over the past decade about 30 percent of male college students have dropped out during their freshman year, according to education consultant and blogger Daniel Riseman. He is among those in higher education circles that calls the declining number of college males a “silent epidemic.”
I placed the word dismaying in quotes because many see this as an epidemic with tragic ramifications, but I only see it as the first hints of a revolution heralded by a few brave souls (men, naturally) who are eschewing the dominant paradigm to set a new course which will consume our civilization in the next century.
Old, familiar dynamics will crumble. I predict that earning a living by providing labor services to employers will no longer be a viable cultural path. I don’t know where the path will lead, but the supplier/consumer duopoly will weaken and no longer be sustainable. In the same manner, I don’t believe college as glorified career school will continue its seemingly inexorable course. The men who are choosing to leave school against all odds are risking a great deal in today’s unforgiving job climate, but their risk will set the course for future generations.
The article cites a couple of interesting observations.
James Shelley, director of the Men’s Resource Center at Lakeland Community College in Ohio told the Post that
“He believes the “cleansing of boy behavior” in elementary and secondary schools and boys’ more independent learning style all discourage traditional college classroom work. Date rape prevention programs, although well-intentioned, also scare men away from campuses, Shelley said. The programs “welcome young men to college by essentially telling them that they are potential rapists,” Shelley said.
But, he said, many men are not doing enough to help themselves. “When I walk the hallways of my college, the young men generally look less mature than the women. With their baseball caps and baggy pants, they look like overgrown 12-year-old boys, not 18- to 24-year-old men.”
The state of today’s manhood impresses no one, least of all hyper-ambitious, consumerist women. In the zero sum game that is the natural gender dynamic, the strengthened status of one gender can only lead to the weakening of the other. Today’s males seem to lack backbone and ferocity. They’ve been pummeled into human morsels of inoffensiveness and amorphous blurriness. They stand for nothing, defend little, differentiate themselves to no one. Male differentiation is a social sin here in the early 21st Century. College merely reinforces and advocates lack of male differentiation and this mindset oozes its tendrils into the HR world of corporate America.
Not to be outdone, the feminine-victim narrative continues to predictably find baffling voice in this discussion.
Amy Wilkins, a University of Colorado associate professor of sociology, does not buy the idea that men are being picked on in college.
Women have to work harder in classrooms to get degrees and jobs where they will be paid less than their male counterparts, she said. “College is still so much of a man’s game, it’s so much easier for them,” said Wilkins. “If you are a smart woman you learn very quickly you are not supposed to act smart in college.”
To say that men have it tougher these days on campus, she said, is “ludicrous.”
But Wilkins, who has a 17-year-old son, is sympathetic to the fears many young men face in an ever-changing world.
“I think friends of my son’s age are more afraid of economic instability that they let on,” she said. “They talk a big game about going out and doing things on their own, but I don’t think they believe it deep down inside.”
Uh huh. People like Amy Wilkins fear one thing: men who no longer play by their tired feminist rules of male submission to female consternation.