There are many reasons for this. I want to take a moment to discuss some of these reasons and still it is necessary to point out that in spite of the hostility and lack of return that men get from the academic-industrial complex, they continue to invest huge amounts of money in it. I call it the academic-industrial complex because it is common to hear the Left refer to any Western military as the military-industrial complex in a conspiratorial manner. Except the alliance between government and academia is plainly obvious and the conspiracy demonstrably exists. This is especially true in America where the academic degree mill industry is most pronounced.
I have a chart I used in a different post on this blog.
The first thing we will note is that in America, the price of a university degree continues to go up and yet the return has remained stagnant. The same can be said of universities in the UK, prices have gone up and whether or not the return was worthwhile is questionable. Men are continuing to get the education and put themselves in great debt to do so. They are then saddled with debt when they graduate and this causes them to delay their progression through adulthood as they are now less financially fit with the loan debt.
People at the universities are required to take general-ed classes that serve only to expose an audience to various minority cultures wherein they are told that all conflicts those minorities experience are a result of evil Western forces. They are told about the great superiority of other cultures and the inferiority of their own. This is to enrich their lives and is considered by many intellectuals to be a hallmark of good education, a scepticism of Western cultures. Although in the UK it is different because people going in to a university are already on a special track, there are still people there that teach and spread this type of propaganda. As a result of these things being considered mandatory or part of the university life, students are indoctrinated and accept most of what they have been told. This includes the message that men oppress women. Despite this, men continue to pay for degrees.
Just recently I saw an advert for an academic position that specifically stated that the department was looking to hire more women. Universities are under pressure to grant special favours to women and not men. In America it is legally allowed under Title IX to do so, as well, admissions policies and hiring practices, particularly for science and technology graduate positions, are biased to increase the number of women. This is a two-tier system in which women are preferred over men for admittance whether as a student or as part of the university staff. Despite this, men will continue to try to get these positions.
Recently, this concept of “rape culture” on campuses has been widely reported in the media. Stretching back to the Duke Lacrosse scandal in which a group of innocent men was maligned in front of the whole world for a rape that never took place, and more recently, the UVA rape hoax, the idea has spread that there is widespread rape of college women. There is no evidence that rape is happening on a large scale on campuses but in spite of this campuses have responded to pressure from the government to increase their vigilance and prevention of rape. This came in the form of Title IX being used to reduce the standard for guilt to be declared. It went from being “beyond a reasonable doubt” to merely a “preponderance of evidence” meaning that being accused of rape shall be considered evidence that a rape took place. This is frighteningly hostile towards men.
Women are supposedly 1/3 more likely to earn a degree and still earn less than men. This is likely because they get degrees in subjects that should not exist. One can earn a bachelor’s in any of lesbian, queer, transgender, black, african, gay, or women’s studies or essentially the same thing: a marketing degree, or the two pseudo-science studies Psychology and Sociology. In those two studies, the predominant thought is no different than a coffee table discussion from a group of leftists. Indeed White Babies are Racist and Exposure to American Flag Causes One to Support Republicans. This is what we should expect from Psychology and Sociology.
You can even earn a degree in Communications, studying the theory of communication. Somehow even Communications can not escape from Marxism.
Recently, an American woman was seen on video insulting an attendant. Here it is. Now, the attendant may well have earned the derogatory comments so I won’t say much about that but the two things that stick out to me in the video are that first, Britt McHenry certainly does not appear to be acting like an educated person and second that she kept referencing her degree.
I looked it up and she got an English degree from an American university I have no familiarity with; Stetson University. A quick look at her English program, although they are all the same, shows reading Shakespeare is not even required. What is required however is “critical theory” which you can search but it is a line of thinking from the Frankfurt School. I can do my best to make a summary but it intentionally resists people doing that because it isn’t meant to be argued with but simply accepted but it primarily rests on discovering “power structures” in a text and how they oppress. It primarily isn’t falsifiable and tends to be overtly political and leftist and this is what we can expect a person with an English degree to have studied rather than Shakespeare. It is absolutely the case that the notion of a patriarchy and applying scrutiny towards a patriarchy in a text in order to show the oppression men may cause is part of the curriculum.
Not going to university, men may fear then that women will out-credential them and put them in a more difficult spot but these credentials are essentially meaningless. A credential distinguishes someone but it seems the majority of women will be earning some type of a degree so it hardly counts as a credential when everyone has it. Further, many of these degrees are in entirely superfluous and ridiculous subject areas.
Most important of all, men are delaying their adulthood. Instead of learning a business trade and beginning to climb the social ladder, men just squander their time and resources at university only to discover that they will still need to be trained for whichever industry they choose afterwards and their degree offers little as far as actual practical knowledge goes. Many disciplines do not require a diploma and the UK has several statesmen I can name that don’t have a degree yet did fine for themselves. Men should absolutely stop paying their money in to this system because it is harming them and the administrations of these institutions are hostile towards them. I think a return to apprenticeships would be much more economically feasible and beneficial to men than earning degrees.