College gender ratios uneven

Colleges campuses with an even male-female ratio have become exceptions.

The number of women who attend college has been continuously increasing for decades, and now women outnumber men on college campuses by a significant margin. At Northern Kentucky University, nearly 60 percent of students are female.

This unbalance is projected to grow even more apparent by 2014 when college enrollment of women nationwide is expected to grow by 21 percent and men’s enrollment only by 12 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, women earned 774,000 bachelor’s degrees in 2004-2005 which far exceeds the 578,000 earned by men.

Many people feel that white males have long been subjected to stereotyping and disadvantages that have been brought on by feminism. Freshman Eric Schierberg, said that for decades “it’s been all about girl-power. Nobody stands up for white males.” He pointed out that in the media, especially comedy shows, white males are who we’re supposed to laugh at.

Chris Miracle, a computer science major, agreed with Schierberg that males are far too often the brunt of jokes. They are portrayed as incompetent and always less smart than their wives or girlfriends. “It’s always the fat white guy,” Miracle said.

Also of concern is the fact that men’s sports programs have been cut at schools nationwide because of Title IX. Title IX is part of the Educational Amendments of 1972 which banned sex discrimination in schools, be it in athletics or admissions. At NKU women’s sports outnumber men’s because of the existence of women’s volleyball. The athletic department is unable to start any men’s sports such as wrestling or football because that would exceed the number of male athletes allowable under Title IX restrictions. There has also been a decrease in the number of athletic scholarships available to men.

Kim Allen-Kattus, director of the Women’s Studies Program, doesn’t believe that men have to worry yet. “I think girls, who have been held back for so long, are finally catching up,” she said. “Competition from intelligent, hard-working young women will be good for everyone and raise the playing field.”

Allen-Kattus said that although there may be more women teachers, “they are still paid less.”

Activists who are heading a “men’s movement” include Warren Farrell, a long-time opposer of feminism who authored “Why Men Make More.” He believes complaining that women earn less is ridiculous since men simply perform many jobs better.

“If an employer has to pay a man one dollar for the same work a woman could do for 76 cents, why would anyone hire a man?” Farrell wrote.

Some believe that a lack of a positive role model is the problem for men.

Adam Billiter, president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at NKU, said through his interactions with college-age men as a member and leader of a fraternity, he has noticed many men don’t have a role model to inspire them.

The most common role model for most men would be their father, which is often lacking. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 34.6 percent of children are born to an unmarried mother.

Billiter feels that role models for men are lacking whereas the sending of bad messages is all too prevalent. He referred to popular rap artist Kanye West and the title of his first album “College Dropout.”

“That sends the message to young men that you can still have all the money, cars without the education,” Billiter said.