Gender Disparity

From Al Mohler's website—NewsNote: Where are the Young Men?

The New York Times offered an unusually candid portrait of this gender disparity in "The New Math on Campus," published in its February 5, 2010 edition. Reporter Alex Williams described a radically transformed social scene on some of today's largest and most historic state universities.

The University of North Carolina, for example:

North Carolina, with a student body that is nearly 60 percent female, is just one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education. Researchers there cite several reasons: women tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students.

Williams described a campus filled with young women who socialize with each other out of necessity — there are just not enough young men on campus. As Williams notes, this makes some college campuses resemble retirement communities, where women also generally outnumber men.

On the secular university campus, the gender imbalance has forced adjustments in the "hooking up" culture of sexual negotiation. As Williams reports:

“If a guy is not getting what he wants, he can quickly and abruptly go to the next one, because there are so many of us,” said Katie Deray, a senior at the University of Georgia, who said that it is common to see six provocatively clad women hovering around one or two guys at a party or a bar.

This is a portrait of demographic disaster, and the imbalance is not limited to secular campuses or students. Even as women now outnumber men in baccalaureate programs, they also indicate a desire to marry a man with equal or greater educational attainments. As the numbers now make clear, many of these young women will be disappointed.

2 thoughts on “Gender Disparity

  1. I wonder if this is only a socio-economic or cultural trend, or if there might be a biological component?
    I know reported birthrates for have been rising for females relative to males. I wonder if the census will reflect this; or is it politicized for or against this?
    Here comes the scienceanecdote: In all our child’s circles; church, playgroups, family, etc., the girls outnumber the boys noticeably. Other parents often offer the same observation.
    Is it numerous endocrine disruptors planting an epigenetic timebomb?

  2. I have seen one of the negative consequences of this trend in almost all my young friends who are married. Because the woman has a better paying, more secure job (with beneifits), she is more likely to want (or need) to put off childbearing even later.
    It is a vicious circle, because one reason I suspect women are more likely to succeed at school and go to college is that they, biologically, are more motivated towards future security (wanting to provide a good “nest” for their children, even if they don’t consciously want to have them) Society encourages THEIR urges to provide for the future, while actively working to tear down men’s ambitions and motivations.
    How? Men are biologically driven to protect and provide, but society tells men, over and over, in countless ways, that that ideal is old-fashioned and unnecessary. Men can (and SHOULD) have all the perks of fun and sex in live-in relationships and drunken adolescent behavior, without any work and sacrifice.
    The result: it literally becomes harder and harder for young married people to do what every generation before this has managed: to start a family and a life together at the same time.

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