June 17, 2009, - 11:37 am
By Debbie Schlussel
While our government constantly spends tax money to promote women and gender-based affirmative action, men in America have fallen behind.
I’ve noted it on this site many times–whether it’s men as minorities in college and grad school student bodies, or men overwhelmingly and disparately affected with job loss in the bad economy, or males passed over in hiring positions in math and science at our nation’s tax-funded universities.
David Zincenko, editor-in-chief of “Men’s Health” magazine, has a great column on the disparities for men and how the American male–long under attack–is now in decline. (I don’t agree with his applause for Obama’s re-establishment of the White House Council on Women and Girls, an unnecessary office the Bush Administration closed; or his apparent endorsement of nationalized health care.)
It’s not a good thing, and something to consider as we approach the day honoring the less appreciated parent, Father’s Day. Here are the key excerpts:
Some experts predict that this year, for the first time, more American women will have jobs than men. And that’s just furthering the decline of the endangered male.
Consider this: A 2007 government survey found that of the 36.8 million American adults who lack health insurance, 56% are men. But given the tremendous percentage of lost jobs that were held by men, that number could skyrocket. . . . [M]en who are single or divorced and who, studies show, live shorter lives than their married brethren . . . now make up the largest segment of the unemployed and uninsured. The impact of this in the form of untreated illness and injury will follow single men around for a generation. . . .
If anything, that part is the answer to the confirmed bachelor lifestyle and why it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men make up the majority of those injured on the job. In the manufacturing, mining and construction fields, 86% of workplace injuries and illnesses occur to men and 92% of workplace-related deaths are men as well.
And let’s remember our injured vets: 98% of the Iraq wounded are men, and for many of them, their war-related health problems will continue for a lifetime.
Psychological issues again, often left untreated because of a lack of employment and insurance affect men in much greater numbers, as well. Almost 70% of homeless adults are men, and the suicide rate for young men is five times that of young women.
These factors help explain why, in 2006, the average American male could expect to live 5.1 fewer years than the average woman; a black American male will likely live 11 fewer years than a white American woman. (By contrast, in 1920 men and women could expect to enjoy about the same lifespan.)
Despite the overwhelming evidence that men are being left behind, the U.S. government has never made a concerted effort to address male health issues. Right now, there are seven (seven!) offices of women’s health in the U.S. government: six in the Department of Health and Human Services and one in the Department of Agriculture. And the Pentagon makes huge investments in women’s health research. Yet there is not a single federal organization that encourages and disseminates physical and mental health research for and about men.
I don’t advocate opening up and expanding agencies for the health of men. We need to close the agencies dedicated solely to the health of women. Those are discriminatory. And there’s no reason we need several such agencies. There should be a consolidation into one agency, which does research into the health of both sexes and the particular health needs of each one.
Still, the facts and figures he cites are telling. As America continues its push toward a matriarchy, pushing men out of the way in favor of artificial insemination, single mother households, etc., it is one more step in the way of America’s demise and our continuing quest to emulate Europe. As we honor Governors who abandon their families to Mr. Moms, while they pursue political careers and while their own daughters father babies out of wedlock and shut the fathers of their babies out of their kids’ lives, we must ask ourselves what are the benefits of that. Why are we applauding those who behave this way?
As men are cast off to the wayside as obsolete, ask yourself if you want America to be the international equivalent of the WNBA or a NOW meeting?