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  1. PeakTrader

    Men can plow through college without help (and certainly without asking directions) and you know women need lots of help :)

  2. Two items I note…

    1. Women hold most of the college debt
    2. The author says “women leave college with good income prospects”. Is that true? Does a degree in women studies offer a better income than a plumber? Doubtful that degree holder would ever marry a plumber, and also doubtful a plumber would marry a debt loaded degree holder. That begs the question…who is better prepared for life?

    1. Dan in Philly

      This. Is. So. True.

      I have yet to see a study which shows how all this excess high education is actually helping women, weighing the fact that:
      1) They are more likely to major in a field with limited career prospects,
      2) They are starting out with more debt
      3) They are more likely to put their career on hold to have a child or two.
      4) They are more likely to go into a career which accomodates such a hold.

      Put it all together and women are getting much less bang for their buck by investing the time and money into higher education. Also the mindless enrollment into the higher educaiton – regardless of cost/benefit – is driving to cost up and the benefit down, making not going to college a rational choice for men.

      At the end of the day, women are going to college mostly because they are being told to, and men are not because it often doesn’t make sense to. What you see is a predictable result of the dymanic our society has created.

  3. Um, OK, so where’s the analysis of the other side of the problem? If educated women are not marrying and buying houses, then, to a VERY large extent, that also means that an equal millions of men who are not finding brides and also not buying homes to raise families. The idea of blue collar plumbers marrying white collar gender studies graduates is rather a stretch. So who are the plumbers marrying?

    1. Who are the plumbers marrying? I wonder if I could get a grant to study that…

  4. pashley1411

    Women are responding to income incentives where institutions (government, large businesses) are the safest providers of income, and credentials are a pathway to employment in institutions.

    Should we ever get to an economy which is less institutionalized and more entrenepeurial, and income is created by work and vision (or, on the other hand, governments and larger institutions have run out of money) degrees will lose their value. What is the value of a degree, in any field, in Stockton, or San Bernadino?

    1. “Should we ever get to an economy which is less institutionalized and more entrenepeurial, and income is created by work and vision”

      I doubt this very highly. We are slaves to government, what is debt? Money is debt…made up money is debt, who do we owe? The problem is not degree getting and all that, its just we are slaves. slaves to government. if you have a social security card you are owned by the US of A. work is debt(paying taxes), your house is debt, your car is debt. we work for who? we don’t own any thing completely free of paying taxes on it. Good luck with all that

  5. The only conclusion I can draw is that a college degree has become effectively worthless.

  6. The issue I see is how many men are taking woman’s rolls and being stay at home dads? I am for equality and I am for men and woman getting an education. We have more single moms who need to better their education to support those babies that they are taking care of on their own. Here in Memphis the woman out number the men, some where like 20 woman to one man, and many of those woman are single mothers trying to make it. The problem I see is it is an economical issue. Woman have to go to school because its necessary for them to provide where a man is lacking. I on the other hand have been to college twice, I am working on my degree right now. I am married and I don’t have to go to school, but reality is, my husband is sick and if something were to happen to him, I would want job security. (if that exist any more) Some men do not attend college because most hard labor jobs do not require a degree. Most only require an apprenticeship. In the real world it is easier for a man to take a hard job, that demands physical labor, woman generally are not tough enough for those types of demanding jobs. There are many factors. But definitely not because a woman is not smarter or dumber. Its all out of need and all deferent scenarios.

  7. Alpha Male

    Many single moms are single because they refuse to mary down. also many men are reluctant to mary because they stand to loose everything if a marriage goes south. Men never refused to marry down because they are hardwired to feel that they should be the providers therefor a woman’s ability to provide was not at issue however a woman’s attraction for a male was bassed historicaly upon his ability to provide. when women excel in education they out compete for high paying jobs and thus women become the better provider
    and begins to think why do I need a man. When one gender begins to ask why they need the other gender something wicked this way comes.There is a red flag waving here. there is danger here!!

    The solution is to close the gender gap in education which is the root cause of why women are starting to make more money than men. Women are not out performing males in education because of their alleged susperiority As many women think.

    Remember back in the eighties our boys exceled over our girls. They reformed the educational system and evidently made it more girl friendly. thus the solution is to revisit the system to truly make it gender neutral which will because boys are equal to girls in inteligence enable boys to catch up and then there will
    be parity achieved between the genders and women won’t have to marry down.

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