Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quickies: A Study In Victim-Blaming

     Our beloved InstaPundit directs our attention to a whiny piece that oscillates between clueless and demanding:

     Using his background in economics and statistics, [writer Jon] Birger sought out an answer. The result is his new book, Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, a clever read with a sobering conclusion: There simply aren't enough college-educated men to go around. For every four college-educated women in my generation, there are three college-educated men.

     Not news. And so?

     So, where are all the men?
     I mean they exist, they're just not going to college. This isn't China or India where they have a man-made gender imbalance because of all sorts of horrendous things. [Men are] out there, they're just not going to college. Last year about 35 percent more women than men graduated from college.

     Still not news. Does the writer have any causal theories for us to contemplate?

     Why are more women graduating from college than men?
     Obviously, if we'd had this conversation 40 years ago, this conversation would have looked different. There would have been a lot more [college-educated] men than women. Once upon a time, colleges were discriminating blatantly against female applicants, thinking they only went to college to get their Mrs. degrees. High schools did a particularly wretched job when it came to teaching girls in math and sciences. So there are a whole host of reasons why girls underperformed in high school and were discriminated against when it came to college applications, but Title IX leveled the playing field.

     Read the rest at the link if you like. To sum up, Birger completely misses the number-one reason men aren’t graduating college at the same rate as women: Contemporary colleges discriminate against men at every step, from application to matriculation.

     Young men have become aware, both through direct experience and through the many horror stories in the media, that today’s colleges are actively hostile to young men. Colleges accept fewer male than female applicants. Feminism, sometimes of the most radically misandrist sort, rules the campus inside and outside the classroom. Young women have been taught to view their male classmates as predators. Male enrollees often find the campus environment so hostile to them that they drop out before commencement, regardless of their academic standing or prior ambitions.

     Yet the very same people and institutions trumpeting a wholly false and thoroughly debunked assertion that “one in five college women are raped” would like to know why there’s a “shortage” of eligible, college-educated young bachelors. It is to laugh...hollowly, and with many a tear.


Arthur said...

1) Gender is a social construct.

2) Men are nothing but vicious rape machines what exist to rape.

3) It's a tragedy that women are having a hard time finding men.

On a completely unrelated note, reports of mental health issues are rapidly rising.

furball said...

I am getting further into the mindset that you can't reason with people who don't read, learn, question or THINK.

Look, *I'm* like that. I want to eat, sleep and be happy.

You just can't live like that. History proves it's not so. A few minutes' reflection shows it can't work. The "ant and the grasshopper" fable? The entire idea of "saving?"

"Marriage?" "Man," "Woman," the entire idea of recognizing gender, procreation and caring for the next generation? It didn't take people telling you to shut up about alternate views to make those stories viable.

I recognize what a lot of people are upset about - the way things seem to have worked against them. But since the Treaty of Westphalia we have chosen to recognize social, national and (ultimately) personal boundaries on what we can and cannot do if we're to be considered worthy of more than just bludgeoning others over the head with our own beliefs.

Consider that, with how the current media treats anyone who doesn't fit their narrative.

The U.N isn't it, anymore. The media certainly doesn't stand up for an earnest dialogue of ideas. At its best, media thinks it has to be subjective, but it demonstrably isn't.

Forget the modern church, since it reflects what it thinks its parishoners or the current fashion wants to hear.

For all the enlightened, forward thinking free-thinking of today's liberals, they can't hold a candle to what happened at the Peace of Westphalia.

For all that entanglement - for all that they cared about religion - for all that they were a class trying to hold onto privileges - for all the destruction that had been wrought in the preceding decades - . . . the Peace of Westphalia, which was forged BEFORE the "enlightenment" is far nobler and respectful of the individual than anything offered by feminism, gender studies, 3rd world studies, critical theory or any of the socialist garbage that the Frankfurt School has vomited into our culture and worldview.

Tim Turner