Girls and boys

The Montreal Gazette is wringing its hands over girls not persisting in playing chess through to the end of high school.

Chess body works to retain girls
There is something about the high school years that makes female chess enthusiasts stop playing, the game’s governing body says.

Well, uh, perhaps because chess is so insanely dorky.

According to the Chess Federation of Canada, while interest in playing competitively wanes for both genders in their teens, the percentage of girls who drop out is higher than boys, resulting in abysmally few women at the game’s top levels.

Also, the real genius needed, as well as the 10,000 hours of practice needed to perfect the skill, eliminate most boys who play chess too.

Why is female participation in chess a problem with which we need to be concerned when the fact that males are not entering university, and not completing university, in any where near the proportion they used to, received only the mildest of faint interest?

Why?

Why is it that when the male sex seems to be floundering, the only concern we have is to boost the presence of females in science and maths, where they have little interest and most have less aptitude than the brightest of males (as does the rest of the male sex)?

Why are we ignoring the problem of males? Why is it that the only perspective allowed to be discussed in the press is the failure of women to be equally engaged in those areas of interest where males have traditionally excelled? Why are we not concerned with the low participation of males in nursing? You know the answer. Proportionally fewer males than females are interested in nursing.

So why are we not allowed to point out that fewer females than males are interested in science and mathematics?

And why is it unmentionable that males are not entering university as much as they used to?

And if mentioned, what is the cause?

We know the cause. Males are being discouraged systematically by a female dominated education system, that excites and inspires nothing in, and demands nothing of,  the male soul.

And it is nearly illegal to say this.

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Nick Rowe

You are (mostly) right of course. Where males are under-represented (like university students, especially arts) it is hard to get people to see that this might be as much of a problem (or not a problem) as female under-representation in other areas.

“We know the cause. Males are being discouraged systematically by a female dominated education system, that excites and inspires nothing in, and demands nothing of, the male soul.”

That might be, and probably is, part of the explanation. But it might not be the whole story.

You have a good blog, BTW.

Dalwhinnie

I do not know, John, whether you are being sarcastic, but I assure you we are living much closer to rule by females, their interests and concerns, than any other kind of society.

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