CH does a pretty good job at breaking down the true meaning of this.  I love how sanctimonious the Original Author is about why.

Others have suggested that men have less interest in leaving their peer groups on campus, they have lower GPAs than women, they avoid studying foreign languages, and simply view study abroad as something which is frivolous and will not benefit their long-term professional goals.

Our GPA’s are too low and we are to dumb to go to Africa.  They also do not give one example of how going to Africa actually benefited her long term goals.  Unless her goal was to become a BBC carousel.

So what does a female-dominated program in Africa look like? What are men avoiding?

It looks like a lot of very satisfied feminists.

As hundreds of thousands of students set out this fall to study abroad, men will again miss out on study abroad, which has been linked to improvements in GPAs, higher paying jobs and greater job satisfaction after graduation.

Higher paying jobs?  Wait does this mean now men only earn 77 cents on the dollar?

Men should step out of their comfort zones and venture off-campus in greater numbers or risk being left behind in a system of higher education increasingly dominated by women in enrollment and performance.

The reality is that STEM majors are highly structured and sequential, so you can’t just take a semester off for fun.  Whereas liberal arts majors are a complete waste of time, just showing up every once in a while is more than enough.

Chateau Heartiste

More US women than men study abroad. Especially in Africa.

Nearly 300,000 U.S. college students will study abroad this year. The programs, length and destinations vary widely but the historic data from the International Institute of Education suggests that 65 percent of students leaving the United States will be women.

While national statistics reveal that the majority of study abroad participants are female and overwhelming white, the gendered perception of particular places and programs are hidden in the data. […]

The St. Lawrence Kenya program is one of the oldest study abroad programs in Africa and more than 70 percent of the 2,000 plus alumni who participated have been women. In recent years the program has been nearly 80 percent women. Data from 27 universities across the country also reveals that in 2014-2015, 78 percent of the participants on programs in at least 15 different African countries were…

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