Monday, July 30, 2012

The Female Future

When will we stop hearing about the glass ceiling over women? Undergraduate education is now predominantly the education of women. Graduate school is now just about as heavily skewed, with even doctoral degrees going to women more often than men.

A man in his early 20s is more likely to be in a weening process from his parents' finances than a woman of the same age. As a result, expensive things (such as college degrees) are more-easily obtained by women than men, and with education being a large factor of success, we are transitioning into a world where women are management while men are labor.

I know some people are going to say, "Oh, I can't believe a man is complaining about women getting all the breaks!" I'm not complaining, I'm merely observing. At what point do we re-evaluate our dominant tropes driving public policy? (The history of farm subsidies tends to provide the answer of "never.") Might we end up in a situation where successful women are being aided by anti-discrimination programs that have more-than-corrected for whatever problems used to exist?

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