L.A. Times misses the real picture

The L.A. Times has a short article titled Record number of educated women are ‘marrying down’, where they bandy the following set of statistics:

A record number of American women are “marrying down,” tying the knot with a husband who is less educated than they are, according to a new study.

Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center. By contrast, a bit less than 20% of men had more formal education than their wives.

In the more than half-century that Pew has tracked the issue, this is the first time that a higher percentage of women than men have married down.

Considering how hostile the education environment has become to males, I am not surprised this is happening. The subject has been researched by many, but most of the time it gets ignored outright by the powers that control the education establishment, because the results suit the agenda. Behavior that used to be categorized as “boys will be boys” now a days lands you on a psych’s couch and results in a whole spectrum of behavior disorder diagnoses ranging from ADHD to ADD, all resulting in kids being drugged into submission. And the touchy feely shit, more concerned with promoting self esteem and preventing kids from actually doing hard work (all because the feminized system pretends competition now is a bad thing) that passes for education these days, drives young boys to boredom, and results in them checking out. If I had had to go to school in this system, I would likely have given up on it too.

Of course, the L.A. Times could not be bothered with trying to figure out why young men are quitting the failed educational establishment in record numbers. As I pointed out, the agenda supersedes the outright destructive result the left’s education agenda has caused on young males. So they only point out that more women go to college now, and that means that when they go look for someone to marry, they find fewer and fewer people to marry up to. But that’s not the statistic that caught my eye in this article, because I already expected this to be the case.

Among college-educated newlyweds, 39% of women pledged their undying devotion to a non-grad. Only 26% of men did the same.

Even with their superior education, however, women aren’t necessarily marrying down when it comes to income, according to the report.

About 58% of better-educated women earned less than their husbands. Only 39% of women earned a higher salary.

So the L.A. Times wants to stress the “war on women” bullshit again, because despite more of them having a college degree, they still don’t earn as much as their less educated counterparts. Of course, I can immediately see a very logical reason for why this happens that I suspect the L.A. Times types would never even factor in, unless they were beaten about the head, neck, breasts, and chest with, and that is that not every college degree is worth the same while some non college related careers come with serious income.

My suspicion is that a very large percentage of these college educated women ended up studying the same stuff. They seem to all be attracted to certain professions or educational tracts, and no, I am not being misogynistic in pointing that out. When I did my BS work there were no women in that entire class, and when I did my MS, there where like maybe 5 in over 400 students. Most women flock to the same type of degrees, and they tend to be degrees in already highly contested professions or of little damned employable value (“womyn studies” anyone?). This imbalance as the already crowded employee pool gets swamped with even more candidates results in a glut in the market, which then results in deflation of value or compensation. If, for example, most women studied education, a profession already difficult to get work in because there are so many people looking for the same jobs (usually so they can get the summers off), then they are not going to get paid much when the balance favors the employer.

Conversely, many boys, now completely turned off from the educational experience and aware that college will be more of the same, are flocking to the trades. Plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, HVAC technicians, and so on, are professions that can’t be outsourced easily and traditionally pay real well. I had a plumber in the other day to do some work I didn’t want to do myself, and for about 30 minutes of work the guy – which I add is a friend and gave me a rate cut – charged me a little over $275. Electricians do even better. To avoid my insurance company not honoring my homeowners I once decided to let a certified electrician do some bullshit work I could easily have done myself. The guy, which I knew through someone else pocketed $900 for about 4 hours, of which he spent less than 1 doing any work. When I commented on it he told me he had given me a big break. I checked, because I thought he had fleeced me, and it turned out he did give me a break.

A few years as an apprentice and a BA in some business related school, and you can open your own shop and make a serious killing. The opportunities abound. Heck, even if you choose to work for someone else, if you have a decent work ethnic, know your shit, and apply yourself even a bit, you can make a killing. And if you happen to score a job working for a unionized shop doing work for the government, you are going to be rolling in the dough. Especially if you are in an area where there is a deficit of these available handy man types. So these non-college educated males can suddenly make a real good income, while their educated female counterparts with the traditional female centric degrees are experiencing the exact opposite.

I think what the L.A. Times should have reported on was the fact that we all need to revisit the whole “A college degree will let you earn more” debate. Some degrees will do that. Some, especially if they leave you indebted, won’t. Ever. And more importantly, some of the older trades that have fallen out of favor still afford people an opportunity not at just an honest and decent living, but can allow hard workers to make a serious killing. In short, there is no magic bullet, and it all rests with the person involved. How you get your education, how you pay for it, what you learn, how hard you work and how good you are/get at it, all factor into the equation. It is no wonder that so many women are turning to government to supplement for their lack of security. This is not accidental either, IMO, but part & parcel of the agenda.

And if you want to accuse anyone of conducting a “War on women”, then you should be accusing the assholes that control the educational establishment and the political class that has told a couple of generations the lie that hocking your future by straddling yourself with an education related debt that is akin to a mortgage is a guarantee for success, of being the ones doing it. Educate yourself before you let the system send you to the school of hard knocks to find out the system took advantage of you and made you into a dependent serf.

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