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Say What? Shortage of College Men Sets Women Back 50 Years

"Thanks to simple laws of supply and demand, it is often the women who must assert themselves romantically or be left alone on Valentine’s Day, staring down a George Clooney movie over a half-empty pizza box."

— Reporter Alex Williams discusses the shortage of men on college campuses and the dire consequences facing female coeds.

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xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I certainly didn't come to college just to gain my MRS degree - I'm here to get an education, of course! But dating and relationships, and looking for someone who could possibly be your partner in life, are definitely part of the "growing up" that people do in college as well. I wouldn't call it a "dire situation", or say that it's "setting anyone back", but at my school - which is very small (I have under 400 students in my year!), has a 65/35 ratio of men to women, and a very large GLBT community - dating opportunities can be slim for girls. Most of my female friends are single, or look to date outside of our school, because there just aren't that many options, and I know it's sometimes frustrating to them that they don't have dating opportunities on campus. I DO have a boyfriend who goes here, and it is nice to have shared experiences, shared classes, know the same people/professors, etc. It's certainly not *necessary*, but you can't say it isn't a nice part of the college experience to be able to meet men within your peer group at your university.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
jazzy etc, I don't think these girls are necessarily looking to get married right out of school, but I believe that companionship and relationships are definitely an important lesson of college. part of the article is silly to me, but I do believe that a shortage of men on campuses creates a situation where men rule how relationships are run.
zeze zeze 7 years
I believe it. College is where a lot of people meet, that's the age where most serious dating/relationships are done, you have lots for fun from 16-20 and get a bit more serious after that (usually) - so with women being a clear majority there has to be greater competition for the guys since dating is a part of the lifestyle for that age and for the experience of being away from home and among people all in the same age group. Also, I base my belief on how easy and desperate I've seen some girls act for guys who aren't even all that...
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
I go to UNC, which is the school they profiled for the story, and it's REALLY not that bad here. Someone said that girls stay with guys after they cheat on them just to avoid being single? I have NEVER heard of that happening. There are plenty of guys on campus, those girls that are interviewed are either SUPER pathetic, or the interviewer was asking them leading questions.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
you know there are other places to find men besides college...Don't limit yourself to just one place. At my university though, it's not that there is a shortage of men, but that most of the men aren't asserting themselves either. I agree with Jazzy, whatever happened to going to school to learn? Not to get a MRS degree.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Here's a about going to a good school to.... (GASP) ....get the best education you can get? How about finding a field that you love and that gives you a sense of accomplishment? But no we can't have that, I guess, since ultimately men are the source of all true happiness. Puke.
Huliganjetta Huliganjetta 7 years
Go to a tech school, the complete opposite is true there. At my school there's one girl for every six guys. And only 26 girls in my graduating class... if they even stay at this school.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Wow, what dire consequences. How will they ever be okay with themselves?
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
And when I say agree, I mean higher enrollment in college and fewer men who are in college or college educated. This article is still sexist and doesn't paint a very accurate picture. The writer didn't do much research
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
As much as I hate to agree, I agree with this article. In college, law school, and work life, I've found there to be a shortage of single men who are remotely desirable, and the opposite of women. I have 4 good looking, successful single female friends for every 1 male that is the equivalent in my social circles. I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to have my boyfriend as well. But I don't really like the way this article is written or framed.
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