April 28, 2011, - 6:31 pm

Girlie Man USA: # of Mr. Moms Up; Women Outpace Men in College, Grad Degrees

By Debbie Schlussel

The latest U.S. Census figures are disturbing for America’s endangered species:  the male . . . particularly, the White male.  I’ve already noted that men are the minority on campus and in graduate schools.  It’s a trend that continues, and it’s why women are now outpacing men in earnings and why men are hardest hit by far in the bad economy.  And now the U.S. Census confirms the trend has led to domination, with women far outpacing men in college degrees in the workforce in the latest Census data release.  The numbers forecast a Mr. Mom nation, with women playing the role of  “man” in the majority of households (as in the Palin and Malkin “families”).

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The American Male: An Endangered Species Gets Even More Neutered

The Census Bureau is reporting this milestone: For the first time, more working American women have bachelor and advanced degrees than their male co-workers.

Census figures released today show that as of last year for workers ages 25 and older, 37% of women had a bachelor’s degree or more, compared with 35% of men. As they moved from the home and into the workforce, women began surpassing men in college enrollment in the 1980s.

More:

For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.

Census figures released Tuesday highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enrollment in the early 1980s. The findings come amid record shares of women in the workplace and a steady decline in stay-at-home mothers. . . .

Based on one demographer’s estimate, the number of stay-at-home dads who are the primary caregivers for their children reached nearly 2 million last year, or one in 15 fathers. The official census tally was 154,000, based on a narrower definition that excludes those working part-time or looking for jobs.

“The gaps we’re seeing in bachelor’s and advanced degrees mean that women will be better protected against the next recession,” said Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint who is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Men now might be the ones more likely to be staying home, doing the more traditional child rearing,” he said.

Among adults 25 and older, 10.6 million U.S. women have master’s degrees or higher, compared with 10.5 million men. Measured by shares, about 10.2 percent of women have advanced degrees compared with 10.9 percent of men – a gap steadily narrowing in recent years. Women still trail men in professional subcategories such as business, science and engineering.

When it comes to finishing college, roughly 20.1 million women have bachelor’s degrees, compared with nearly 18.7 million men – a gap of more than 1.4 million that has remained steady in recent years. Women first passed men in bachelor’s degrees in 1996. . . .

Unemployment for men currently stands at 9.3 percent compared with 8.3 percent for women, who now make up half of the U.S. work force. The number of stay-at-home moms, meanwhile, dropped last year for a fourth year in a row to 5 million, or roughly one in four married-couple households. That’s down from nearly half of such households in 1969. . . .

Roughly one of every five stay-at-home parents is a father.. . . .”What was once an uncommon sight of a dad with the kids during the day is becoming more and more prevalent,” said [Todd] Krater [age 38, a self-described stay-at-home dad for the past seven years to his three sons after his wife, who earned a master’s business degree, began to flourish in her career as a software specialist], who is now studying part time to become a registered nurse.

I keep saying it, but no one cares because they won’t notice until it’s too late.  We are fast becoming a matriarchy, in which men are nothing more than Mr. Moms, purse carriers, and sperm donors.  And I challenge you to name a single matriarchy that has survived.  You cannot.  This isn’t a good thing, as we know college and advanced degrees (earned in universities like South University Online are generally needed for professional jobs.

It’s more evidence that women–not men–will ultimately dominate the ranks of “breadwinner” in America.  And with that title comes the power in households, meaning more men will be the bossed, not the boss.  Like I said, not a good thing, unless you think America should look like a Betty Friedan/Gloria Steinem/Sarah & Bristol Palin/Michelle Fraudkin fantasy.

I don’t.  I prefer a Western culture where men who are men to women who think they are.

That’s the only Western culture that will survive in the long run.

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16 Responses

Can my son (a White male) who is a high school junior now
apply for an Affirmative Action admission to an Ivy League
school?

I_AM_ME on April 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Certainly not a good trend. A society where leaders are picked by affirmative action rather than capability is bound to suffer, as, of course, are the people in it.

It is still the case though that the advanced degrees by men have, on the whole, more substantive content than those of women, as many of the female degrees are in such fields as “education” and social work, where students are instructed in the latest fads, rather than solid content. With a few scattered exceptions, these so-called professions are dominated by PC rhetoric, rather than a solid body of knowledge (even though I recognize that PC has infested many other areas, social work and teaching are among the worst, and least credible as professions).

Little Al on April 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

On the other hand …. In the OECD’s latest survey, the only country whose fertility rate significantly exceded replacement rate 2.1 per woman) was … Israel (2.96). The only other OECD countries with better than replacement rate were – Iceland (2.22), New Zealand (2.14) and Turkey (2.12).

Not just that: think about the fact that the rest of the European and Western countries have significant Moslem and African immigrant populations with higher fertility rate – so the “native”, Western, European rate is even lower! Incredible!!

And something else for us Israeli Jews to be proud of: the rise in the Israeli fertility is due entirely to Jewish increased birth rates … and especially (note this, shallow, Newsweek-spouting-slogans-masquerding-as-deep-thinkers): the increase in the Jewish secular sector!

In short, if Diaspora Jews follow Israeli trends (and there is some reason to think this is happening) – the Jewish People will (as always) survive – Newsweek notwithstanding.

Can’t say the same about France, Britain or the United States though…

Wise Man on April 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Dear Wiseman:

    New Zealand only keeps up its birthrate because of the Maori, who occupy prisons and mental hospitals well out of proportion to their 15% of the population. Turkey is not Western. And Iceland is demographically miniscule. (Antisemitic, too, despite the first lady, although I hear the girls are good looking).

    Seek— Name a successful modern matriarchy. Give up? There are none. Therefore, by definition, they failed. Our enemies are misogynists, not patriarchal. However, if you fail to have men sublimate their libidos towards protecting/providing for families, you DO lead to massive social dysfuncntion. Review the Moynihan report in detail, please.

    Occam's Tool on April 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

These figures should really lead the general public to treat feminist claims of victimhood with the derision it deserves.

Worry01 on April 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

Come on, Debbie. You’re being really unfair. Are YOU ready to give it all up to serve your family? Isn’t it better to have a father caring for children than a poorly-paid illegal? Doesn’t Dad trump daycare?

Or are you trying to imply that working women shouldn’t marry and have children? What about women who find that they MUST work after they already have children? What do you suggest, orphanages?

I actually am a stay-at-home mother, and I obviously feel strongly that a responsible parent must stay home to care for the kids. But I have too many friends like you to delude myself into thinking that role is the right choice for all women. With a loving and supportive spouse to keep the home fires burning, women can be as free as men to follow their talents, skills and ambitions with a clear conscience. For better or for worse, the world of the 1950s is gone–and while I would have done well there, you would have absolutely hated it.

saintly on April 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

College is business. A college is basically like a bar, the more women they let in the more men try to go there. College is a all a big scam. Rich people can buy a nice future for their idiot kids. They let in x number of minorities so it looks like a big GAP ad with strategically placed minorities. And it’s dumbed down to the point you have to be in a coma not to get a degree. And then the price is jacked up insanely high to keep out as many intelligent middle class white men as possible. And to top it all off it has 0 to do with GENUINE intelligence. It gives retards a piece of paper saying they are brilliant and exclude brilliant people so they are assumed dumb. Then we have a big system run by retards that is destined for failure. When the s— really really really hits the fan as it will very soon, the GENUINELY smart people like myself are not cleaning up the mess. So nobody better get mad at me then because I gave you advanced warning.

StopEffingWithWhitey on April 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Debbie,

There’s another factor that contributes to the marginalization of men, and that’s the all-men-are-stupid genre of radio ads. I’ve never seen this discussed before, but I believe it has a cummulative effect. Virtually every ad that features a “funny” situation has a man cast as the idiot, while his clearly more intelligent wife patiently and condescendingly explain why ending up with more money at the end of the day by buying such-and-such a product is actually a GOOOOOD thing.

stevecanuck on April 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

When a hundred dollars won’t buy you a sandwich, the skills and mentality that will be most successful won’t be that which is taught in Universities. “When the fool learns how to play the game, the game is over”

John Prewett on April 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’m with Debbie. I’m against the wimpification of the American male. But there is one assertion she makes repeatedly in columns like these, though sensible in the abstract, that she doesn’t back up: “Matriarchies always fail.” Where is the empirical evidence for this?

Anthropologists for decades have been doing research on matriarchial cultures. Debbie states, flatly, that successful matriarchies don’t exist. Okay, then I should like to ask her: Name a few unsuccessful ones. And then explain why they failed. I would be eager to learn a few new things.

Seek on April 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

@Seek – I dont think you are seeking empirical evidence – just a dose of common sense. This is from the columbia encyclopedia…

matriarchy, familial and political rule by women. Many contemporary anthropologists reject the claims of J. J. Bachofen and Lewis Morgan that early societies were matriarchal, although some contemporary feminist theory has suggested that a primitive matriarchy did indeed exist at one time. Claims for the existence of matriarchy rest on three types of data: societies in which women make the major contribution to subsistence, societies in which descent is traced through women (i.e., matrilineal), and myths of ancient rule by women. But myths of ancient female dominance invariably highlight women’s failure as rulers and end with men assuming power. Anthropologists believe that these myths function as a rationalization of contemporary male dominance. Women may have greater political power in matrilineal societies than in other societies, but this does not imply matriarchy. Thus, while Iroquois women could nominate and depose members of their ruling council, the members were male and enjoyed a veto over women. Crow women could take ritual offices, but their power was severely limited by menstrual taboos. Women may also have indirect influence through their involvement in material production. In many horticultural societies women produce the bulk of the group’s dietary staples. Even so, men often devalue this vital contribution, and usually have the power to expropriate it. The universality of male dominance is not, however, natural or biological, because the form of, and reasons given for, patriarchy differ in most cultures. Through studying the various ways that male dominance is organized and justified, anthropologists have concluded that it is culturally constructed.

jdiz on April 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Anecdotal, I know, but have you seen the way men who choose to stay home “parent?”

In my experience, they’re clueless dopes desperately reinventing the wheel, who go around spouting nonsense about the meaninglessness of gender.

(Reminds me of sore losers who say, Oh, who cares if you won? It doesn’t matter anyway. Can they not admit deep down they feel like losers, even if they choose to stay home…?)

I know of one sad case where the child of such a man lets his child work out unlimited aggression on other kids, and when confronted, passive aggressively maintains his child is not a bully.

So sad. Not only emasculated, but also blind – and he’s leading.

elizabeth on May 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

It was sabotage Debbie.

White male on June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Interesting stats. Disturbing facts. No, there is no matriarchy that survived in history. Thus, even more disturbing. I know personally a couple who own a restaurant. The wife is running everything, including recipes, accounting, and management. The husband is clueless about the business. The wife is longing to be a woman but can’t. The husband has a higher degree, but acts like a mama’s boy in front of his own wife. Ironic.

Chanuka Erdita on December 21, 2011 at 6:06 am

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