Bart, normally sane and sober, wrote (20 April 2012, Richmond Times-Dispatch, A-11), “… surely [we] ought to touch on the two places in society where women remain distinctly unequal: (a) war and (b) war’s peaceful analogue, competitive sports.” Many would agree with him. They’d be wrong. Inequality is rife and it’s males, not females, who are losing.
As Christina Hoff Sommers wrote long ago, we have been engaged in a war against boys. The effects of that war have been clear for quite a while. Boys have lost. Evidence?
1. Males are now less likely than females to
a. graduate high school (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012006.pdf , table 9) and
b. enter college and graduate from college (see data at schev.edu, e.g., http://research.schev.edu/enrollment/E16_Report.asp and http://nces.ed.gov/). For example, in 2010-2011 in Virginia, bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 19,285 men and 26,338 women. see also http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012280.pdf , tables 1 and 7.
2. About 90% of prisoners are male (http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpus10.pdf , table 3)
3. Males don’t live as long as females (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf#022)
4. Males have lower aspirations than females (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2248/gender-jobs-women-men-career-family-educational-attainment-labor-force-participation).
5. Women are marrying down because that’s who’s available in the marketplace, if they marry at all.
There is no shortage of additional data showing that males are an endangered and declining sex. A blind man could see that the future of the American family, if any, is dim (see, e.g., http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/11/18/the-decline-of-marriage-and-rise-of-new-families/?src=prc-headline). Those still fixated on affirmative action for women are going full-speed ahead while looking in the rear view mirror. A dark future looms.
Oh, how I rue being born a white male in America! If only I had been born in a land with more opportunity.