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Dodo, actually this is timely question. The topic has come to my mind twice in the last 24 hours, as follows:

  • this morning, I heard on radio that 65% of boys and 85% of girls get their Baccalauréat in France nowadays. I had no idea that the gap was so big;

  • yesterday, we were discussing the banlieues with colleagues, and we were noting that the girls from theses cités had much less trouble integrating into French life than the boys. In our area in central Paris, the "cité girls" are everywhere, as workers, shop attendants and pedestrians,... but the cité boys are much less visible - mostly delivery guys, some workers, and that's it.

The problem really is young males rather than the young altogether.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 10th, 2005 at 06:13:13 AM EST
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Yep, I forgot to indicate to others that that's what Alex previously told me about in some detail on another blog.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Nov 10th, 2005 at 06:24:10 AM EST
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This is a combination of racism and sexism.

Young women are perceived/socialized as vulnerable/helpless, whicle young men are perceived/socialized as dangerous/independent.

Young brown women are perceived as even more vulnerable than young white women, and young brown men are perceived as as even more dangerous than white men. This makes it easier for young brown females to get a job than for young brown males.

A lot of low-paying jobs are in the service sector. Women are overwhelmingly more likely to seek those jobs than men.

As for school success, boys are rowdier and brown teenagers will be inclined to drop out as they become aware of how stacked the deck is against them. The Independent had an interview with people from the area where one person was killed, and a North-African parent said that his son's teacher discouraged him from trying to study for the exit examinations because of future discrimination.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 10th, 2005 at 06:57:25 AM EST
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