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Tim Myers: Get used to taking orders from women

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Posted: July 11, 2009 7:40 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Say what you will about Carrie Prejean — the former, then reinstated, and again former — Miss California, but I must grant kudos for her on the fly invention of the term “opposite” marriage to describe traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

While technically correct, the etymology suffers since “opposite” generally indicates an undertaking counter to the mainstream. Whatever!

We will see if Prejean can make a career out of starring in anti-gay-marriage ads and whining about the unfairness of Perez Hilton. I suspect neither pays very well.

Now with all due respect to Prejean and her homophobic fellow travelers,  in my humble opinion, they should focus instead on the very real problem of how young heterosexual women of a certain academic accomplishment will find candidates for their “opposite” husbands due to the dearth of young men on America’s college campuses.

To no one’s great surprise, the general population of humans in the United States divides or distributes about 50/50 between males and females.

But up until the late ’70s, when I started college, women constituted a distinct minority on college campuses in the United States, sometimes ranging as low as 35 percent of the total enrollment at specific colleges.

In the late ’70s, women finally nosed even with men in bachelor’s programs. I remember academics hailing this fact as the fulfillment of the women’s movement.

But it went further in the subsequent 30 years. Little did men know the ladies did not just want to catch up, they intended to run right past the young men.

Which brings us to today to find enrollment in all college campuses in the United States skewed majority female with a national distribution of about 60 percent female and 40 percent male, trending toward 65-35.

At our daughter’s own college, California State University-Channel Islands, the total student body stands at a shocking 63 percent female, with the entering freshmen class coming in at just under 70 percent female, finally achieving the Beach Boy Surf City maxim of “two girls for every boy.”

No one can say we did not see this coming.

While the high school population distributes roughly evenly male to female, one walks into Advanced Placement classes and sees a clear majority of female students.

When parents drop off their male or female child at the testing locations for SAT and ACT exams, they can see female after female pouring out of the testing site before they see the lonely male face.

Will, and how does, this impact society?

The most obvious impact revolves around gender equality and perhaps even  dominance.

The majority in college will persist and even exacerbate in graduate and professional schools, with women translating this majority into majorities in the licensed professions of medicine, accounting, law and engineering.

They will then move this into the workplace and it will persist with the normal rising through the ranks.

So mothers, tell your young sons to get used to taking orders from women.

Already, we see the fruits of this in the current recession.

The male unemployment rate rose much faster and higher than the female, and while some attribute this to the disproportionate impact of the recession on the traditionally male employments of construction and manufacturing, the less educated will always bear the brunt of an economic downturn.

This will also roll into the political sphere, with candidates and activists reflecting the skew in college enrollment.

Already our own City Council reflects a 60 percent female majority, and from those seed-beds arise the candidates for state and national elective office.

Look at your school board today to see the makeup of your legislature tomorrow.

On a sadder note, this could unfortunately drive down fertility rates among this demographic.

Young, college-educated women will most likely want to marry college-educated men, and the sheer arithmetic could make this impossible.

This means that educated women will delay or even eschew marriage, sometimes going into single parenthood late in life to have children, with currently unmeasured social impacts.

On the other hand, this constitutes nothing but tremendous news for one’s academically inclined son.

This explains why our son had not one, but two young women competing for his attention during his freshmen year in college.

Geeks of the world, arise! Brushing one’s teeth once a day will make one extremely desirable among your female college peers!

There is always a silver lining.

Tim Myers is a Valencia resident and CPA who thinks numbers hold the key to everything. His column represents his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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