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There is another way of saying this which is less argumentative

Women will not find husbands if Hungary’s school system makes them much smarter than men, a government report has warned.

The publication, called Pink Education, was put out by the state audit office – which is close to Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister and a self-styled social conservative.

“The phenomenon called ‘pink education’ has numerous economic and social consequences,” wrote the state body.

It claimed that women will be over-represented at university and therefore find it harder to meet spouses who match their intellectual level. This “could lead to a decline in fertility”, stated the report.

It argues that as 82 per cent of Hungarian teachers are women, young boys risk losing traditional skills such as fixing leaky taps or broken computers.

It’s true that those male attributes of fixing things – rather than relationships – are valuable. It’s also true that an entire generation of noodle armed soy boys will leave the country falling apart mechanically.

But that bit about over-education of women. The reality is a touch more subtle. For it is women who tend not to agree to marry beneath them. Male attractiveness is very closely connected with social status, women tend to – tend to – desire those of higher such status than themselves. Graduate women tend not to marry and have children with non-graduate men – it being, as ever in sex, the women making the choice.

Or, educated women look for educated men – and why shouldn’t they? But if there are many more educated women than there are educated men then there’s going to be an imbalance there. One of those times when individual and entirely rational choice leads to a population wide less than optimal outcome perhaps.

What anyone can do about it is another matter. A male response would be to tell the wimmins’ studies PhD to shut up and marry the plumber. Meets the objective facts and solves the problem but somehow not a plan which will meet with female agreement.

After all, the man doesn’t care if the wife is more intelligent – just don’t make it too damn obvious and yes, here’s your sammich will suffice.

15 thoughts on “There is another way of saying this which is less argumentative”

  1. I’d have thought it difficult for any native Hungarian to get into university these days. When I was last in Budapest. 2014, it was literally swarming with Chinese students.

  2. Even easier: change perceptions by establishing that (say) engineering degrees have a Herr Dr prefix and wimmins studies (etc) absolutely nothing.
    Caste system in degrees.

    Yes, I know this isn’t original

  3. But it’s the government that creates job opportunities for women with practically useless degrees, so the fix is staring you in the face.

  4. Presuming education increases intelligence is an interesting proposition. Any evidence for it? On the showing of the UK’s “educated” classes, would have thought there’s a strong correlation with a decrease in intellect.
    And as far as the crumpet’s concerned, the big draw is always money

  5. A male response would be to tell the wimmins’ studies PhD to shut up and marry the plumber.

    Rather like the wimmin’s studies graduate’s demand that men shut up and marry the fuggoes.

    After all, the man doesn’t care if the wife is more intelligent – just don’t make it too damn obvious and yes, here’s your sammich will suffice.

    Just don’t be a c**t about it in layman’s terms…

  6. We’ve fixed this in the UK. Fifty grand in debt at RPI + 3% is a passion killer. Heating engineers always were hotter than social engineers.

  7. And pray what are the well-paid jobs that these women graduate into? An awful lot seem to end up working for the government, either directly or indirectly. Scrap those non-jobs and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

  8. @Andrew M – Nope. You can’t just scrap the jobs without scrapping the worthless degrees at the same time, you have to do both simultaneously. What to do with the useless still at university when their course is scrapped? Well that would be a university problem, wouldn’t it?

  9. My wife has a degree and I don’t. University wasn’t something kids from my background did back in the 1970s, I left school and did an apprenticeship. The ability to fix things has its uses.

  10. “After all, the man doesn’t care if the wife is more intelligent”

    There’s evidence that in relationships where the woman is the higher earner/status partner that there is an increased incidence of domestic abuse/violence. The issue could partly be that men react to situations in a more direct manner so an unhappy house husband isn’t going to react the same way as an unhappy house wife, there’s also the sexual imbalance adding to the issue as the weaker partner has less leverage from withholding sex as a strategy.
    Simply put you don’t change human behaviour patterns that have been around forever without it being a slow and messy process which is bound to have some unfortunate side effects along the way.

  11. Eventually those well-educated women are indeed going to have to settle, as many of them still want children. They also want men who will stick around instead of treating them like a sperm bank.

    Men might just become more educated and ambitious, and commit suicide from the added stress. Women might start to marry downward and require Valium to deal with the lackluster marriage. Both may end up childless trying to do away with those darn gender roles. Or they will have kids, but soon divorce and leave every Western child with attachment issues and anxiety meds.

    Or, we can at least return to a smidgeon of normalcy.

  12. @ Stonyground
    In the 1960s my local, Labour-controlled, LEA ordered its Grammar Schools not to provide courses for Oxbridge entrance – this didn’t matter to most of the guys with most of the brighter looking for apprenticeships and only a handful seeking university places. It did matter to my parents so they made significant sacrifices to pay the difference between the fees and my scholarship to a Public school.
    When I was in my early teens a new family moved in next door (her father was a decent Labour Councillor) and the boy left school at 16, with a few GCSEs to became a steel erector: I left school at 17 with 3 ‘S’ levels, worked for 8 months before going to Oxford then trained to be an Actuary. I was over 40 before my earnings, accumulated at Building Society interest rates, caught up with his accumulated likewise, even ignoring the cost of my post-16 education.

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