By George Mathis
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Valentine’s Day is usually bad news for men who stupidly spend their pay on flowers or other tokens of waste, but not this year.
The Pew Research Center says, for the first time, women are marrying less educated men more than men are marrying less educated women.
That’s a little confusing, so I had my smart wife explain it to me really slowly.
According to 2012 U.S. Census data, 20.7 percent of women are married to men who have less education. In 2012, 19.9 percent of men were married to women with less education.
Researchers say the role reversal is more prevalent among newlyweds because younger women have surpassed men in higher education. Among college educated newlyweds, 39% of women married a spouse without a college degree, but only 26% of men did so.
Pew doesn’t tell us why women are more educated than men, but I have my theories, the principal one being that men can more easily work in fields that don’t require a degree — construction, mechanics, utility workers, religious leaders, “entrepreneurs” and/or CEOs of one-man corporations, drug dealers. Feel free to add to this list in the comments.
So, if you’re an unmarried man looking for a life on easy street, your time has come. Go out there and find you a doctor, or even a nurse, but definitely not an attorney. When she dumps you for someone younger and better looking you’re not going to want her to have a law degree.