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.
|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:
It will be a while yet (no one knows how long) before anyone can reasonably claim that feminism is gone for good.
- Affirmative action and related issues
- Feminist Propaganda Debunked (Re: Issues not covered in Women’s Studies Programs)
- Unhappy feminist, regarding truth on domestic violence (Re: Issues not covered in Women’s Studies Programs)