It’s harder to be a man than a woman in the U.S. today
Why isn't the crisis of men and boys getting more attention?
With the rise of President Donald Trump and his willingness to speak truths unspeakable by upper-class liberals, now is the time to talk about male problems.
We consistently hear how society is dominated by a “patriarchy” whose dominance gives men an unfair advantage over women. The facts are closer to the opposite: women are so severely outperforming men in many key areas that we need to see this as a male crisis.
The statistics are staggering. In 1970, women earned 43% of all bachelor’s degrees in the U.S., and it was apparently a crisis that the government intervened (see Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972).
Today, men earn 43% of all bachelor’s degrees, yet no one is looking into anti-male policies at universities.
Furthermore, male suicide rates are twice as high as female rates, and men die on average five years earlier than women do. Rational people may argue that a large part of these differences may be due to differences in riskiness of career choices, as well as differences in genetic makeup. Just don’t try using those two excuses when feminists complain that women earn, on average, a lower annual salary than men do.
Divorce courts have long been thought to favor women over men. While the data showing supposed bias is murky, what is clear is that children, especially males, do significantly better in school and in life if they grow up with a father.
In the 1960s, future New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan found that the single biggest factor that correlated with social ills such as poverty and crime was a broken family. The gaps in performance between different races, as well as between different income levels, could be explained by family values. Instead of being hailed as a hero, Moynihan was attacked as a racist, because the only acceptable reason to liberals was that of police mistreatment of blacks and the poor.
All of these problems are linked. Women are far less likely to get married to — or stay married to — men who have significantly less education; this means more children growing up without fathers present.
It’s time to take seriously the crisis of boys — and of men. We need to address why men have fallen far behind women in many aspects of society. We also need American social policy to focus on making sure children, especially boys, grow up with their fathers.