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World Health Organisation: Men aren’t doing well


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I know, who’d have thought it, eh? Yet it is astounding that the same organisation that is willing to spend millions of dollars on promoting genital mutilation (only of males) is still willing to admit the truth about the global male health gap.

And a journal which seems to have swallowed the feminist blue pill thoroughly seems to be pulling back from an anti-male stance and willing to report on it:

Despite major health gains over the past few decades, progress has been uneven when analysed by subgroups and specifically by gender, which is a powerful determinant of health outcomes. The World Health Statistics 2019 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) made a first attempt to disaggregate all indicators by sex, and revealed that, globally, boys born in 2018 could expect to live 68·6 years and girls 73·1 years, a difference of 4·5 years.

Lancet

Of course, this isn’t good news, but it hasn’t been good news for decades. Now, at least on International Men’s Day, some willingness to concentrate on it has been made.

The Lancet found it surprising that the life-expectancy gap between the sexes (they inaccurately call them ‘genders‘) is larger in high-income countries than in low-income settings. This has been known for decades, and the men’s movement has tried to raise awareness of facts like this, shouted out by feminists. Low income countries can’t afford much health care for either sex, so the gap tends to be narrow; where a country is richer, it has a greater feminist influence and the gap in health care between the sexes is greater.

Yet all we’ve heard about for many decades, including from the Lancet, is about ‘gender norms’, harmful masculinity, and other such feminist cant.

It probably doesn’t help that STEMM (that’s STEM with the medical field added back in where it belongs) is heavily promoted as a female profession. A few more males might help with some more empathy.

Still, the Lancet falls back on the usual victim-blaming techniques, even in this generally helpful article:

Some health risks are behavioural, particularly tobacco and alcohol consumption, which contribute strongly to life-expectancy differences. Data from 2016 show a striking gender-based gap: 54% of men and 32% of women globally reported being current drinkers, and 34% of men and 6% of women reported smoking tobacco daily in populations older than 15 years.

Lancet

What they — not unlike much of the world’s healthcare professionals — are failing to do is ask the same question as they would if these statistics were about women: why are men drinking and smoking more? Both are commonly-used distress and stress relievers. Time to think over that, eh?

Suicide is a leading problem that contributes to the gender death gap. The Lancet points out that in the UK, suicide is the single biggest cause of death in men younger than 50 years. It’s even worse in some other countries. So next time you hear that women are most affected by cancer, or some other age-related, cause .. realise that at least those women are living long enough to get cancer.

Men just can’t get the same health care that women access:

Although it is true that men need to care more about their own health, it is also true that, globally, public health systems are more easily accessed by women, even if universal access to quality health care for them is not guaranteed. For instance, in 2015, a research study in the rural areas of South Africa showed that the decline in HIV mortality for women substantially outpaced the decline for men, explained in part because of the easier access to anti-retroviral treatment for women in maternal and child health clinics and short opening hours of the clinics, restricting access for men.

Lancet

Despite the very bad situation for men on health care and the gender death gap we’ll try to end on a positive note. It has been a long time since we last read the phrase ‘gender equality’ used to include men:

The message is clear: raising the profile of men on the political agenda is crucial to achieve gender equality

Lancet

The Lancet’s report can be downloaded here.
The WHO’s 2019 Statistics Overview can be downloaded here.

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