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  • don bosch 3:19 pm on 03/22/2015 Permalink
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    Human rights update: The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans has been increasing for about 15 years, most notably since the economic downturn of 2008, and recent research has pointed to a link. Middle-aged men now have the highest suicide rate of any group. It’s over three times the rate of women. More die of suicide than in car accidents. Suicide is the number one killer of men under 50.

    The silent epidemic:

    The silence surrounding suicide among men is also striking and warrants comment. First, there appears to be an overall lack of public awareness regarding the high rates of suicide among men, especially relative to other more highly publicized threats to men’s health, such as HIV/AIDS, that account for far fewer premature deaths among males each year (e.g., in 2005 45 male deaths were attributed to AIDS in Canada in contrast to 2857 male deaths from suicide).[4,5]

    Second, while accumulating empirical evidence confirms that men in Western nations consistently die by suicide at higher rates than women[6,7] (with the pattern reversed for nonfatal suicidal behaviors), surprisingly few explanatory frameworks have been developed to account for this persistent pattern.

    Third, few preventive efforts or policies specifically targeting male suicide have been developed or evaluated, which further contri­butes to its lack of visibility as a major public health problem. When gender is addressed it is often treated as a static demographic variable as opposed to a culturally mediated social construction that intersects with other diversity markers such as race, sexual orientation, and age in highly complex ways.[8,9]

    Finally, given men’s general reluctance to seek help for suicide-related concerns,[7] and the stigma associated with mental health problems in general, it is no surprise that suicide among men is largely invisible.

    We sent the 101st Airborne Division to fight a couple hundred cases of ebola. Just sayin’.

    UPDATE: Reflecting on a Father’s suicide.

  • don bosch 8:46 am on 09/18/2014 Permalink
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    Obamacare Update: Your doctor is now a “domestic abuse screener.”

    Singh and his colleagues also found some correlations between domestic abuse and certain health issues that could come up in a routine exam. According to their research, male aggression is linked to irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, substance abuse, and a history of either experiencing or witnessing violence as a child. While Singh noted that “people should not jump to the conclusion that men with irritable bowel syndrome are all abusers,” the correlation could give medical professionals more insight into the complex profile of a man who’s at risk to be too aggressive at home.

    Sorta like the TSA. Everybody’s a potential terrorist.

  • don bosch 2:51 pm on 09/16/2014 Permalink
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    Dean Esmay: The pendulum that is, and the pendulum that isn’t

    The Men’s Human Rights Movement is most definitely not a part of a “swing back” to “earlier times” that were better. It is a rejection of the old paradigms altogether. We aren’t interested in swinging the pendulum one way or the other; we want to smash it and throw it away completely. It isn’t a choice between women’s rights and men’s rights. It isn’t a choice between feminism or traditionalism, the way things are versus the way things were. And it is not left versus right.

    It is the radical notion that men are human beings, and should see themselves as human beings first, and should be afforded the same rights and considerations as anyone else. It is the radical notion that men, collectively and as individuals, owe women nothing whatsoever. We do not owe women our protection. We do not owe women provision. When it comes to protecting anyone else, our first question is, “Why should we?” And when it comes to things like intimate relationships, marriage, children, we ask, boldly and without apology, “what’s in it for us?”

    And if the answer, dear ladies, is nothing but “my company and access to my vagina,” most of us will simply say “no thank you.” We need more than that, and we need proof you’ll keep your promises. And that proof looks pretty thin on the ground in the popular and legal culture right now.

    Does this make you uncomfortable? Too bad. Because men have every right to ask those questions, and be given answers that, as to them, shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    And to quote Tammy Bruce, who claims women’s ancient power is the power of “no?” We say this:

    Civilization was built in part by men saying “no” to women. No to their sexual advances, no to relationships they did not find desirable, no to unreasonable demands. Many of the most productive men in history were men who refused to marry or have children. You may not like hearing that, but it’s the truth. Collectively, men owe women nothing. And more of us are going to continue saying “no” to women until we are given a good reason to say otherwise.

    You’re going to get equality ladies, whether you like it or not. That’s what the Men Going Their Own Way and the Men’s Human Rights Movement are really all about.

    You’ve come a long way, baby.

  • don bosch 8:23 am on 08/28/2014 Permalink
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    The Diseases We Donate To vs The Diseases That Kill Us

  • don bosch 9:58 am on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    JudgyBitch: 5 Ways Society Discriminates Against Men. What’s surprising is how surprised people are when they finally hear it.

  • don bosch 10:56 am on 08/13/2014 Permalink
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    Not surprising to those of us paying attention. Suicides are surprisingly high among middle aged men in the U.S. 

  • don bosch 8:45 am on 08/11/2014 Permalink
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    When men’s health doesn’t count

    When Congress formed the Office on Women’s Health in 1991, its goal was to improve women’s health by directing and coordinating women’s health research, health care services, and health education. Since then men’s health advocates have been trying to create an Office of Men’s Health, with the goal of duplicating the OWH’s success. Yet while a new bill which will help to make the OWH’s funding permanent was just passed by the House, the Men’s Health Act of 2001 (H.R. 632) remains trapped in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health. If not rescued soon, the bill will die when the 107th Congress adjourns this fall.

    The State is becoming the husband and father of choice.

    UPDATE: The linked article was early 2014, but the Men’s Health Act bill stalled in committee over 10 years ago. So, maybe it’s time to revive it?

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