Men are in a bad way, and it's only likely to get worse.
An Ivy League researcher is claiming that the gap between men and women when it comes to higher education - the latter have more of it - is partially due to single motherhood's pernicious effect on men's prospects for the good life. Harvard University's David Autor, in a study
for think tank Third Way, shows that males born of single moms "appear to fare particularly poorly" when it comes to overall life outcome, making them less attractive to potential mates. This, in turn, spurs more would-be mothers to go it alone rather than risk hooking up with a deadbeat dad. It's a "vicious cycle," according to Autor, that only portends more hard times for men in the foreseeable future.
Autor is "intrigued" by evidence suggesting that single moms are possibly biased in favor of daughters, citing one study showing that such mothers preferred to spend more time with their girls than their boys, and that the former were more successful in school.
"It's an important hypothesis that needs further exploration," said Autor.
Via the New York Times