...most American universities are now about 60% female / 40% male, depending on the institution, a state of affairs that so alarms some admissions personnel that they consider men to be affirmative action cases.
Actually, this is old news. The trend of declining male enrollment as a percentage of college freshmen has been obvious for anyone who bothers to look for some time now. For me, it is interesting to watch the turning of tables on admissions personnel--the very same ones that used to discriminate against males in favor of women and girls at all levels of schooling--they are now being compelled by the logic of their own cherished principles of "diversity" to openly seek the advantaged enrollment of men over women. Not surprisingly, the feminists complete their transformation into Animal Farm's pigs by hypocritically backing away from AA for men when it is their ox being gored. Apparently they think that repeating the tired and demonstrably false mantra of "being male typically isn't a disadvantage" somehow supports continuing to grant advantaged status to women in education. Thankfully, unlike mainstream feminists, most reasonable observers are quite concerned about the higher education sex gap. As for me, I don't wonder why it is happening...the reasons are as obvious as the nose on my face, and probably best illustrated by these interesting comments on Ann Althouse's blog. Instead, I wonder what--or even if anything should--be done about it.
First, I'm not altogether convinced there is a problem. From my understanding, the sex gap in college cuts both ways: for lib-arts colleges, women predominate; for technical engineering programs, men still hold their own. So it could just be a question of priorities...men tend to choose colleges that teach them marketable skills and readily translate into a job after school, while women are more likely to pursue fuzzy lib-arts degrees of dubious economic value, such as Women's Studies or Literature. Consequently, colleges that are a waste of time and money--and relatively more hostile to the male sex given the higher proportion of fem-politicized faculty--are eschewed by men.
Second, I am opposed to an AA-like solution for men on the grounds that AA is like welfare or foreign aid...it creates a corrosive state of dependency in the recipient. Men need to stand on their own feet, to be able to look themselves in the mirror and know that they earned their place by their own effort and merit, not on the providence of some government preference. Men need to have honor and dignity, even if they don't realize it.
Third, maybe this gap is a good thing. Maybe it will help drive home the fact that the schooling system is broken and that grades issued by a feminized schooling system are a poor indicator of talent and ability in men and boys--or even girls, for that matter. Perhaps this will drive the creation of a third way in education (can anyone say homeschooling?) which will recapture the talent and imagination of males who have otherwise rejected pointless homework and the various other indignities of K-12 schooling. Maybe this will also force companies to shop elsewhere for talent than colleges...perhaps vo-tech schools or computer gaming conventions...where able but disgusted and disenfranchised males seek refuge after dropping out from the schooling rat race.
So, I say bring on the gap. As more people--particularly women--realize that a college degree yields an expensive yet worthless piece of paper, to say nothing of a social experience of dubious social and moral value, perhaps the dynamics will change some. Until then, guys would do well to encourage companies to look past certification and seek genuine talent, to find an honest job that doesn't require a college degree, and stay out of debt. For those that tend toward the adventurous side--and what teenage / twenty-something guy doesn't--going overseas to complete your education and find a job there would be a better way to go. Go your own way guys, don't just passively accept the plate of gruel that's been placed in front of you.