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‘A Collective Blind Spot’

Posted on | May 12, 2016 | 68 Comments

The BBC reports:

Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year.
A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue.
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published research examining this increasingly polarised gender divide.
And as university remains the gateway to better-paid, more secure jobs, Mary Curnock Cook, head of the Ucas university admissions service, warns that being male could be a new form of disadvantage.
“On current trends, the gap between rich and poor will be eclipsed by the gap between males and females within a decade,” she writes in an introduction to the report.
And she says while there is much focus on social mobility and geographical differences, there is a collective blind spot on the underachievement of young men.

(Hat-tip: Ethan Ralph at The Ralph Retort.)

The important question is, “Why?” Two obvious answers:

  1. The collapse of the marriage-based family. Boys from fatherless households have a tendency toward substance abuse, criminality and educational failure. In communities where fatherless is commonplace, this creates a vicious cycle in successive generations. In the United States, this pattern is most visible among those euphemistically called “urban youth,” i.e., black teenagers, especially the children of welfare-dependent single mothers. In England, by contrast, the “urban youth” are usually white, although young Muslims (most often the children of immigrants from Pakistan, colloquially called “Asians” in Britain) have recently become part of the UK “urban youth” problem. As social welfare programs replace working fathers as the source of support for children, many boys grow up with a sense of purposelessness. We see this in the street gangs that have turned Chicago into Murder City, U.S.A. (So far this year, 221 people have been murdered in Chicago, and another 1,075 were shot but survived.) Without fathers to provide discipline, guidance and role models for boys, bad things happen. It’s hard to get a college education if you’re strung out on dope or doing time in prison.
  2. Anti-male bias in schools. This has been a serious problem for decades, and has in recent years become much worse. When I was a child, it seemed to me that the women who became elementary school teachers were drawn to the profession by their hateful resentment of boys, and a penchant for sadistic cruelty was a prerequisite to employment. So far as I could tell, school was a place where boys were sent to be scolded and punished by mean old ladies. “McCain, you were just a troublemaker,” says the skeptical reader. “Besides, haven’t Progress and Equality changed all that?” Yes, but not for the better. Nowadays, the mischief-filled boy is no longer subjected to the humiliation of paddling as punishment for his excess energy. Instead, the boy who misbehaves is prescribed drugs that turn him into zombie. The mean old ladies who run the schools have always viewed boys’ natural restless energy as a problem to be solved. How convenient (and profitable for major pharmaceutical companies) that being a rambunctious boy is now commonly diagnosed as a psychiatric disorder in need of “treatment.”

The school system is anti-male, which is why most boys are anti-school.

While I can’t speak for the U.K., I know that every attempt to explain these problems in the United States has gone unheeded by the policy-making elite and the progressives who run the educational bureaucracy. The influence of feminism has only aggravated the blatant discrimination against boys in our schools. Today’s young teachers are trained in universities where feminist gender theory prevails, and teachers today are far less likely to have children of their own than were teachers when I was in school in the 1960s and ’70s. If my teachers were mostly mean old ladies who hated me, most of them at least were mothers, and therefore were generally cognizant of the innate differences between boys and girls. Nowadays, the public school curriculum and pedagogy have been so irreparably warped by Third Wave feminist nonsense and other “progressive” theories that it’s a minor miracle if any child makes it through school without succumbing to the prevailing insanity.

Anyone who wants to understand these problems should read Christina Hoff Sommers’ 2001 book The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men. I would furthermore recommend Dana Mack’s 1997 book The Assault on Parenthood: How Our Culture Undermines the Family. Most parents fail to understand that the educational bureaucracy profoundly hostile to parental sovereignty. Your children are actually their children, the “progressive” educator has been trained to believe. The public school system in America is a union-controlled apparatus of the Democrat Party, operated by cultural Marxists who despise Christianity and capitalism. If you are a Christian who is trying to raise your children with decent moral values, keep them far away from the government education bureaucracy. Public school teachers hate you, and they consider it their professional duty to teach your children to hate you, too.

Beyond that, remember: Feminists hate your sons. Feminists want your sons to fail in school. Feminists don’t want your sons to go to college. Feminists don’t want your sons to have professional careers. Feminism is about achieving “equality” by destroying opportunity for your sons.



68 Responses to “‘A Collective Blind Spot’”

  1. Steve Skubinna
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

    Had a nearly identical experience about ten years ago. The EEO dog and pony show was aboard and we had the entire Deck Department assembled.

    The woman asked the group “How would you like it if I acted like this?” and then she gave one guy (okay, it was me) a long appraising ogle and an approving nod.

    Dead silence until I asked “Lady, what planet are you from?” The room broke up and we had to take a break.

  2. Steve Skubinna
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    Yeah, he mentioned the Nazis without denouncing them, so in proggie-land that’s the same as endorsing them, which is the same as being a Nazi!!!

    Now we all point and make that noise like Elliot Gould did at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  3. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

    You’re a batter man than I, Gunga Din!

  4. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

    Don’t forget Dewey!

  5. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    That was the Ark.

  6. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    Don’t forget trucks, beer, mom and prison.

  7. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

    We could make you imperious leader. Heil Skubinna has a nice ring, doesn’t it?

  8. Eric Ashley
    May 13th, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

    Gods of the Copybook Headings

    I like ’em all. I should broaden my reading of Kipling.

  9. Jesse James
    May 13th, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

    IN California you can now. The goddess’s avatar, the goddess be praised, Gloria Allred in an effort to get that evil rapey mcrapist bill cosby, has convinced California legislators to do away with “statute of limitations” laws on his cases. Feel free to file one against a local feminist who was raping your anus with her misandric hatred of your testicular fortitude today! We men must have misterhood, and wear the pants….u know man, I can’t keep trying to act crazy. But these women live like this everyday?! I think it was a sad day when feminists found a way to get their “sisterhood” out of the insane asylum and off drugs. We have to many crazies. At least we get to pay more in tax to keep them comfortable. Hooray silver linings!

  10. Quartermaster
    May 13th, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

    Walk wide of the widow o’ Windsor, for half the world she does own!

  11. John D
    May 14th, 2016 @ 1:55 am

    Its all about depopulating the planet. The powers that be want to reduce the planets population by 95%. The only way they can do that is to destroy the nuclear family and keep women from having children. Thats where feminism comes in. Keep males dumb and servile to do they dirty work and be a perpetual underclass while women and a few alpha males run everything. Only the alphas will be able to procreate. There you have it depopulation and eugenics all in one big statist one world government.

  12. Finrod Felagund
    May 14th, 2016 @ 2:05 am

    Old joke: what happens when you play a country song backwards?

    You get your truck back, your wife comes back, and your dog comes back.

  13. Finrod Felagund
    May 14th, 2016 @ 2:09 am

    “I have often been called a Nazi, and, although it is unfair, I don’t let it bother me. I don’t let it bother me for one simple reason. No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.” — P.J. O’Rourke

  14. Andy C
    May 14th, 2016 @ 3:14 am

    If that were true, why are they only doing it to the west and japan?

  15. DeadMessenger
    May 14th, 2016 @ 8:25 am

    You know, there’s some things in which a mentorship, or apprenticeship, is more appropriate than a degree. Then there are other things, such as math, in which you might have a natural aptitude, but somebody had to literally teach you the rules and mechanics.

    So, in short, I think there’s lots of things that maybe ought to be moved off to votech or on the job training, one example being social work. There’s other things that, while interesting, should not be offered as a major at all because it’s simply not marketable as a job, such as art history, but people ought to be able to take classes in it. And yet still more stuff that is both not marketable AND a stupid waste of time, such as gender studies, which should be renamed to barista studies.

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  17. DollarPound
    May 15th, 2016 @ 9:43 am

    “Whilst I can’t speak for the UK…”
    Take it from someone who has endured the UK education system: you are speaking for the UK as well as the US. It is exactly the same on this side of the Atlantic.

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