A Good Man [Abroad] is Hard to Find

The Chronicle has a story up about the lack of men in study abroad programs. Apparently over two thirds of the participants in such programs are women–but why?

A few answers are offered. For one thing, it stands to reason that the majority of college students are women. Add to that the abundance of women studying the fine arts and languages, and you’ve got clear correlation.

However, the article goes on into strange territory. It discusses the dubious notions that women are more likely than men to heed the word of their parents, that men are more easily influenced by their friends, and that men “need to be told why culture is important.” Strange, and perhaps a bit too little credit than is due to college men.

–Adam I. W. Schwartzman