“What are you trying to say Kenneth, that the average woman is smarter than the average man?” she asked
“In a certain context…..yes!” I replied
~ When it comes to the percentage of women that are in college and graduate college with a degree versus the percentage of men….the numbers are overwhelming. What was once a “man’s world” can arguably now be referred to as a “woman’s world”.
Women have turned the tables in the arena of College and academics. They outnumber men as students, graduates, and we’re already seeing this shift in professors as well; in countries like Australia, women outnumber men when it comes to holding faculty positions in college.
What does this mean? Am I inferring outright that men are simply more stupid than women now? Well, in some ways maybe I am. After all, when you look at the likelihood of a single man reading a book versus the likelihood of a single woman reading a book….well, I’m sure you know what the statistics look like.
I think it is lovely that the doors of education have been opened up to women. I think it is awesome that women are great readers. When it comes to coffee house conversations, it isn’t very difficult to find women hanging out at coffee shops reading books and interested in philosophic conversations……..and it also isn’t difficult to find married men or older men who are hanging out with a book in hand and are interested in conversations of a higher nature.
However, the single men have disappeared.
Whether it is due to the Internet which has gobbled up the lives of single men (there are frightening studies that show how many hours young men waste in their rooms surfing the Internet) or whether it is due to the fact that academia has largely ignored single men for the last forty years, the reality of the situation is that we have created a new society with brand new problems.
A big thrust behind my blog is my idea of making philosophy cool again.
It used to be that philosophy and liberal arts (political science, sociology, etc) were the popular things that people discussed in every day conversation. In our brave new world, people seem to be more interested in talking about football or celebrity gossip than things that really matter.
The word “philosophy” often scares people. It makes them think about dead men from the past who wrote boring books…..but in truth; everyone has a philosophy. Philosophy is our worldview; it is the accumulation of our thoughts regarding how people should live, what is the best government, and what is the good life.
Philosophy is very important….but in this world where single men spend more of their time playing video games; it often seems as though the only people interested in philosophy is women.
And while I think it is awesome that women are studying and reading….I can’t help but think that an entire generation of young men are being ignored, and I wonder what impact that is having on our culture.
On March 15th my novel The Culture will be released. The book was part of a dialogue I was having with a friend. I was trying to communicate to him the problems I was seeing about the role of the Internet in our culture. While I understand we can’t go backwards in time; we can’t rid our world of technology. I believe that if we aren’t aware of the impact that the Internet and other forms of technology are having on our culture, that we may end up walking down a path that leads to a very dark place.
It is just like the subject of single men. If that subset of culture continues to be ignored, continues to be uneducated, and continues to waste their lives away playing video games and watching sports…..I fear that we are headed in a dangerous direction.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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