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Richard Worzel


Lost Boys
E      very once in a while a development strikes me
       as truly strange, partly for its own sake, but
                                                           Then I read an article in the Globe & Mail, pub-
                                                        lished on Saturday, September 20, 2008, Humanity
mostly because other people don’t seem to be tak-       at Risk: Are the Males Going First and lots of pieces fell
ing much notice of it. One such development is the      into place. One reason there are less men in post-
speed with which boys seem to be falling behind         secondary education is that males are under attack
girls in our society, especially in education. For      by the biosphere we have created. Let me explain
several years now, there have been discussions and      by starting with a conclusion by one of the first re-
articles about how boys seem to struggle academi-       searchers to address this issue, Dr. Theo Colborn
cally more than they have in the past and falling       Professor of Zoology at the University of Florida,
behind girls in achievement. Reading such articles      Gainesville and President
has caused me to pause and wonder why.                  of The Endocrine Disrup-           “If you look at colleges and universities across
   Then I started to hear that enrollment in post-      tion Exchange (TEDX).
                                                                                           North America, it is quite startling to find that
secondary institutions by women was now much            She is concerned this at-
greater than enrollment by men. For example,            tack on males may pose             women not only form a majority of students at
when my son began studying genetic engineering          the greatest long-term             the post-secondary level, but their numbers
and molecular biology in university, he said that       threat to society exceed-
there were four women for every man in his classes.     ing even that of climate           are staggeringly greater than their male coun-
After a hiatus, he’s now going back to university for   change. Yet, how much do           terparts. Today, there are approximately 50%
a graduate degree and says that there are now six       you know about this?
women for every man in the undergraduate classes           Dr. Colborn is also             more women going into post-secondary stud-
he once took.                                           an environmental ana-              ies than men in North America. The number of
   If you look at colleges and universities across      lyst and is concerned
                                                                                           women in fields that traditionally had mostly
North America, it is quite startling to find that       that synthetic chemicals,
women not only form a majority of students at the       man-made and I use the             male students is increasing. In some fields, like
post-secondary level, but their numbers are stag-       sexist term deliberately
                                                                                           veterinary science, women make up about 90%
geringly greater than their male counterparts. To-      here, may interfere with
day, there are approximately 50% more women go-         the normal functioning             of new enrollment. When I considered these
ing into post-secondary studies than men in North       of our hormonal systems.
                                                                                           statistics, I was stunned by two things: first,
America. The number of women in fields that tra-        Specifically,     endocrine
ditionally had mostly male students is increasing.      (hormone) disruption can           that they were happening and second, that the
In some fields, like veterinary scienc
								
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