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(Snipe London)   London mayor on why women go to university: "They are looking for a husband." It's funny because it's true: who wouldn't spend £36,000 to find a man?   (snipelondon.com) divider line 16
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2013-07-08 12:21:52 PM  
I'm glad to see that it's not just Americans who elect knuckledragging idiots.
 
2013-07-08 12:24:40 PM  
Well he's just saying it in an impolitic manner.

A part of getting AWAY from home is to scratch that exogamous itch that says, "find a mate, and not a boring local lump."
 
2013-07-08 12:28:05 PM  
The hope is, once they find him and hook his ass, he will.
 
2013-07-08 12:32:05 PM  
LUG is more or less expensive? Help me out here.
 
2013-07-08 12:33:09 PM  
Why would they pay that much to find a man? They can just join Fark for free.
 
2013-07-08 12:51:01 PM  
Of all the women I met in college, only one said she was there for her "Mrs. Degree".  It's not common.

Check that, I think it's still very common at the private Christian "universities".
 
2013-07-08 12:58:10 PM  
I have known many British families who expatriated elsewhere to educate their daughters, sexism may be on the decline but its still prevalent enough that unless a young woman is exceptionally bright or determined they can be shoehorned into an education and career path that leaves them with a secretarial position.

This idea of a woman going to college to find a man is a manifestation of that sort of sexism, the idea that women aren't really bound to join the competitive workforce.

That's not to say that professional British women aren't on the upswing, but the British gender gap is significantly wider than the American, and they play it off far more casually.
 
2013-07-08 01:00:19 PM  
The nicest thing I can say about Boris Johnson is that he is a colossal idiot.
 
2013-07-08 01:08:05 PM  

meat0918: Check that, I think it's still very common at the private Christian "universities".


I don't think people say it out loud because it sounds shallow.  However, a lot of the women I went to college with got degrees they knew wouldn't help them get a career and are now working low skill jobs that were historically "women's" jobs such as administrative assistants, flight attendant, etc.  They might not have been going to find a husband, but it's clear they weren't going to get a job/career.  I suspect the truth is probably closer to the former than the latter.
 
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2013-07-08 01:28:32 PM  
I knew a few women who were there to meet a guy. Not sure how common it is, though.
 
2013-07-08 01:44:26 PM  
Yeah, because I didn't go to university to meet girls. No sir. Went there for an education. Got educated.
 
2013-07-08 01:55:37 PM  
Boris, Boris, Boris, ever the dick.
 
2013-07-08 02:27:54 PM  
My mother, already engaged to my father, went to college in the 1950s and was interested in geology. She used to tell the story about how her geology professor tried to kick her and another engaged woman out of his class so real students, not just girls looking for husbands, could take their seats. She ended up becoming a teacher as there weren't many other career alternatives at the time but she always liked geology.

/my dad used to like to tell the story where he picked up my mother at Penn Station from a trip out west and when jokingly asking if she had rocks in her very heavy suitcase she replied yes.
 
2013-07-08 04:44:22 PM  
It's pretty rare as a conscious decision, but it's pretty common as an end result.

And really, young woman, was bookish enough to get into an out-of-state university, first time away from home?  If she ain't goin' LUG she's goin' to fark because it's the first time she's gotten away from the old-town politics and bullshiat.
 
2013-07-08 08:28:48 PM  

the_geek: meat0918: Check that, I think it's still very common at the private Christian "universities".

I don't think people say it out loud because it sounds shallow.  However, a lot of the women I went to college with got degrees they knew wouldn't help them get a career and are now working low skill jobs that were historically "women's" jobs such as administrative assistants, flight attendant, etc.  They might not have been going to find a husband, but it's clear they weren't going to get a job/career.  I suspect the truth is probably closer to the former than the latter.


Or maybe they just went to college because that's what our society says everyone is supposed to do (it's just an expensive extension of high school for a lot of people) and they really didn't know what they wanted to do with their lives or discovered that what they majored in wasn't really what they wanted to do.

I know when I went to college at 17 I was an idiot and majored in something dumb which didn't lead to a job.  It wasn't because I was looking for a husband, it was because I was a dumb 17 year old who wanted to pick a "fun" major and had no guidance in terms of what I should do and no plan whatsoever.

I've never met a single girl who went to college looking for a husband.  I'm sure it happens, but I don't think it's very common in this day and age.  Although I suspect in certain regions or demographics it is probably more common.
 
2013-07-08 08:37:32 PM  

damageddude: My mother, already engaged to my father, went to college in the 1950s and was interested in geology. She used to tell the story about how her geology professor tried to kick her and another engaged woman out of his class so real students, not just girls looking for husbands, could take their seats. She ended up becoming a teacher as there weren't many other career alternatives at the time but she always liked geology.

/my dad used to like to tell the story where he picked up my mother at Penn Station from a trip out west and when jokingly asking if she had rocks in her very heavy suitcase she replied yes.


As someone married to the household Minister of Rocktology, I am painfully familiar with this sort of situation.

/Rocks and books, two heavy categories of things I have ended up lugging a lot of every time we've moved...
 
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