This is the response I left on the CNEWS site.
This is a typical feminist response when they think they are being targeted. Despite the advantage of 58% in Canada and it is similar in the USA. The overall degree situation there is 148 female for every hundred male but in Masters programs it is 159 F to 100 M. See below for the breakdown. They then trot out the same old arguments about why its only fair they have an advantage because the women in the 3rd world or from minorities are oppressed. Such logic they learn in Women's studies
"Since 1981, women have collected 135 for every 100 bachelor's degrees awarded to men," according to Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan in Flint.
From Christina Hoff Summers:
Baseless Bias and the New Second Sex
University of Michigan economist Mark Perry, shows that men are now on the wrong side of the degree gap at every stage of education. Here are his figures for the class of 2009:
Associate’s degrees: 167 for women for every 100 for men.
Bachelor’s degrees: 142 for women for every 100 for men.
Master’s degrees: 159 for women for every 100 for men.
Professional degrees: 104 for women for every 100 for men.
Doctoral degrees: 107 for women for every 100 for men.
Degrees at all levels: 148 for women for every 100 for men.
Here is how one smart ass feminist site responds to inequality. No narcissism or smugness here heh!
November 3, 2009
University of Alberta women's studies student Derek Warwick shows off one of the satirical posters from the Samarasekera Response Team issued following some remarks made by the University of Alberta president. (Sun Media/Jordan Verlage)
EDMONTON -- Hundreds of posters featuring the "femimenace" and other tongue-in-cheek images were put up around the University of Alberta campus last week in response to controversial comments made by the university's president.
In an interview published Oct. 21, president Indira Samarasekera said she was concerned by Statistics Canada numbers that indicate women make up 58% of the student population at Canadian universities.
She went on to say a major worry is that 20 years from now "we will not have the benefit of enough male talent at the heads of companies and elsewhere."
She also said she will be an "advocate" for young white men because, as a woman who is a visible minority, she "can be."
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The comments struck a chord with women's studies major Derek Warwick and a group of students.
"The group in general felt the president's comments were pretty uncalled for," Warwick said.
"Her comment that women are going to be leading or beating men in the workplace in 20 years suggests a complete lack of understanding of our context today."
So, the Samarasekera Response Team, as they dubbed themselves, got to work designing and distributing posters voicing their opposition.
In one, a giant woman reminiscent of King Kong, is walking over a university building with a car in hand.
"Women are attacking campus!" it reads. "Only white men can save our university! Stop the femimenace."
Warwick explained it was meant to be humorous, "as well as provoke some thought."
But less than 24 hours after they were put up last Tuesday, most of the 300 posters were taken down, he said.
Samarasekera was away from work last week, the group was told, but her office was aware of the campaign.
The most disappointing part of the comments was that Samarasekera glossed over demographics that really could use a post-secondary advocate, Warwick said.
"The biggest problem we had was just how her comments were creating this fear-mongering (that the number of women enrolled in university) is increasing at a faster rate than men," he said. "There was no mention of lower classes and women of colour, whose numbers are lower."
Kory Mathewson, president of the University of Alberta Students' Union, agreed that addressing barriers to education for all people is important.
"The comments that the president made really speak to a larger issue of ensuring all qualified students are able to access a quality education," Mathewson said.
"I think the growth in female enrolment is encouraging news. But there are still under-represented groups that need representation, (such as) aboriginals and low-income (earners)."
Calls to the university for comment were not returned by press time.ALYSSA.NOEL@SUNMEDIA.CA