The death of feminism at British universities

Telegraph.co.uk

The death of feminism at British universities

By Harry Mount

Quietly, without much fanfare, women’s studies has disappeared from British universities.

In the 70s, 80s and 90s, thousands of students across the country took the subject.

Over the last five years, numbers have dropped by 75 per cent and only 35 students are doing it this year. This summer, the last place offering the course, London Metropolitan University, is stopping women’s studies altogether.

The main feminist struggles have been won, and the more ludicrous ones – bra-burning, the insistence that all men are oppressors – have been quietly dropped.

I know no man under 40 who insists that his wife give up her job and cook him dinner every night. Who’s now surprised to have a female boss or a female doctor? And there’s not much point in studying, say, women’s politics rather than just politics, when a woman has been the most powerful Prime Minister ever.

With feminist victories absorbed into mainstream thought, hardly anyone calls themselves a feminist these days. It’s as dated as drenching yourself in patchouli or tie-dyeing your jeans.

Students have begun to realise, too, that women’s studies is useless for getting you a job. It’s no coincidence that the subject’s collapse coincided with the introduction of tuition fees. The moment you start paying for something is the moment you consider whether it’s really worthwhile….(Full Story)


dads&things (updated 2018 07 10):  Unfortunately, the trend indicating that women’s studies are vanishing into oblivion is not quite as pronounced in the rest of the world or on the Internet.

Search Returns
Date Women’s
Studies
Men’s
Studies
Women’s
Studies
Program
Men’s
Studies
Program
2006 08 28 24,100,000 602,000 340,000 686
2006 09 14 11,500,000 398,000 330,000 636
2007 03 24 2,770,000 296,000 269,000 594
2007 04 11 2,570,000 275,000 261,000 1,110
2007 07 14 2,160,000 465,000 238,000 1,060
2007 08 13 7,580,000 675,000 239,000 1,080
2007 10 09 6,030,000 409,000 68,200 919
2007 11 25 2,300,000 388,000 77,000 69
2007 12 30 6,200,000 561,000 73,600 58
2018 07 10 5,300,000 153,000 267,000 92

The rumours of feminism’s demise are somewhat exaggerated.  Here are the world-wide trends (2004 – 2018) as per Google Trends:

Public Interest in Gender Studies Programs 2004 0 2018 <br />Men's Studies vs. Women's Studies — World-wide

Public Interest in Gender Studies Programs 2004 – 2018
Men’s Studies vs. Women’s Studies — World-wide

It will be a while yet (no one knows how long) before anyone can reasonably claim that feminism is gone for good.


#WomensStudiesVsMensStudies

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