Friday, February 25, 2011

Wait A Second

Through Andrew Sullivan, FLG learned of this article complaining about the "pre-adulthood" of college educated men. There are so many problems, FLG doesn't quite know where to start.

The article then proceeds to explain it in multiple contradictory ways. Men are depicted as drunken frat boys who love Star Wars and stats about greater female college completion rates and GPAs are cited. These women are supposedly "sick of hooking up with guys." Okay, says FLG.

Then the author explains that these males begin their pre-adulthood when they are in college and moreover that the deracinated nature of the lifestyle of those in competition for good jobs leads them to continue it. Well, then FLG wondered, what does college completion rates have to do with anything? She's talking about college educated, upper middle class young men.

The author then sums up:
Relatively affluent, free of family responsibilities, and entertained by an array of media devoted to his every pleasure, the single young man can live in pig heaven—and often does. Women put up with him for a while, but then in fear and disgust either give up on any idea of a husband and kids or just go to a sperm bank and get the DNA without the troublesome man. But these rational choices on the part of women only serve to legitimize men's attachment to the sand box. Why should they grow up? No one needs them anyway. There's nothing they have to do.

They might as well just have another beer.

So, let's get this straight? The men in question like Star Wars, beer, porn, and hooking up with chicks. Apparently, the author is concerned that "American men have been struggling with finding an acceptable adult identity since at least the mid-19th century" and these men are no different. But these pre-adult men also have college degrees and work in competitive and interesting jobs, which give them disposable income.

So, as far as FLG can tell, this is just the age old "all the good men are taken" whine packaged up with random facts from recent media stories. This focuses on these supposedly pre-adult men, but what exactly are the problems they're facing? The only issue FLG read was women complaining about these guys. It's not that nobody needs them or they have nothing to do. From the author's own contradictory telling, they have the resources and opportunity to do whatever they want -- extra money, free time, endless supply of women willing to hook up, and beer. If young women have a problem with that, then as far as FLG can tell that's their problem.

1 comment:

Hilarius Bookbinder said...

It's the old whine in the new skins of poorly-controlled social science and evolutionary psychology 'research.' Slate ran a particularly offensive feature along these lines today.

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