Despite being repeatedly told that it’s a man’s, man’s world, boys today are born into a world where they are much more likely to be put into care and much less likely to be adopted; they are four times more likely to be excluded from school and significantly more likely to leave school without qualifications; they are less likely to go to college or even enter an apprenticeship and are much more likely to experience glass cellar employment, workplace fatality, redundancy, long term unemployment, violent crime, homelessness, imprisonment, involuntary separation from their children and premature death.
Perhaps this is because men are a rubbish sex generally but perhaps, just perhaps, humanity, collectively, is failing some of the men in our ranks.
Perhaps the very fact that they are told at a young age that they are made from frogs, snails and puppy dog tails and do horrible, selfish things like subjugating women, in some small way impacts on the self-esteem of the weaker ones, the ones who can’t just man up and get on with things. Perhaps in some small way this might even contribute to the silent suicide epidemic impacting predominately on men.
I think that any mainstream media journalist or editor reading their comments section on a remotely regular basis will have a general understanding that it can reasonably be argued that men experience a few ‘inequalities’ of their own. I think they also have a general understanding that it doesn’t generally pay to address this under the ‘gender equality’ banner especially when ‘click bait’ like some of the articles featured appears to be so very good for business.
I’m not necessarily convinced that the average man on the street is likely to be especially offended by the average article featured in this blog. The reason I think it’s important to call out some of the more extreme examples is because I believe that some opinions presented in safe, soft echo chamber environments can be interpreted as hard fact further down the line. Hard facts which inform male and female policy makers genuinely committed to addressing inequalities for the best interest of everyone with a stake in society.
The sad truth is that male rights and their activists are so often ridiculed and more often ignored by gender equality experts or champions because the concept of men’s rights is challenging, unappealing and appears (to them) very bad for business.