Playing With: Higher Education Is for Women
Basic Trope: Women are more likely to attend or graduate from college than men are.
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- Straight: Upon graduating from High School, all the girls in Troperville High's senior class plan to go to college. Only half of the boys in the same class do.
- Exaggerated: None of the boys plans to go to college, and few of them will even get a high school diploma.
- Downplayed: A few more girls go to college than guys.
- The town is largely poor, and more of the girls come from families better able to pay for college than the boys do.
- The boys have been taught that college is a waste, or that intellect isn't cool.
- The girls find it easier to get grants and scholarships to help pay for college.
- The town has a major manufacturing business, so many of the men can get good jobs with less education, while the factory is reluctant to hire women (except in the office, where degrees help).
- Inverted: All the boys intend to go to college, but only half of the girls do.
- Although many of the girls intend to go to college, a good portion of them end up not going.
- Of the girls going to college, only about half of them actually graduate. The rest become Tragic Dropouts.
- Alice is only going to college because her parents want her to. What she really wants to do is drop out and learn a trade.
- A lot of the girls are going to trade school, or joining the military.
- The girls tend to be going for an MRS Degree more than an actual career-focused education. Or, if this is a period piece, going to finishing school instead of actual college, to be trained in the arts of homemaking, style, and party-hosting.
- Plenty of the boys are going to college.
- Many of the boys are simply putting college off or looking for another way to pay for it, such as the military.
- Double Subverted:
- A lot of the boys don't graduate or attend college either.
- The girls not going to college end up going Back to School sometime later.
- A disproportionately large number of the boys in college end up dropping out or flunking out, or spending more time engaging in Wacky Fratboy Hijinx than studying.
- Fewer men end up going to grad school after completing college.
- Parodied: Alice's parents are pleased, but not particularly surprised, to learn of her acceptance to Harvard. Her similarly smart younger brother Bob, on the other hand, is also accepted to Harvard two years later, and his parents are flabbergasted.
- Zig Zagged: The female-to-male ratio of new university students varies year by year.
- Both genders are going to (and graduating from) college at roughly equal rates.
- No one in the senior class is going to a traditional four-year college; they're all joining the military, getting married, learning trades, or going straight into the workforce.
- Enforced: Women Are Wiser
- Lampshaded: "Boys seem to regard college as something of a plague."
- Invoked: Troperville High School only encourages girls to go to college, because the town's economy is based around manual labor (mining, for example) and they want to keep the boys at home.
- Exploited: A college markets itself to girls more than it does to boys.
- Defied: More girls choose not to go to college, and/or more boys choose to go to college.
- Discussed: Two incoming college boys talk about how easy it will be to get a girlfriend because there will be far more women than men there.
- Conversed: "I'm surprised there are so few complaints that this show is run by Straw Feminists."
- Deconstructed: Troperville's economy declines as it deindustrializes, and the men no longer have their opportunities to walk into a factory career from high school.
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