‘Toxic masculinity’: the problem with men
Worldwide, men’s attitude towards their own health is often one of denial – partly because the act of admitting to a health problem is perceived by some men as degrading to their self-image as an ‘invulnerable male’.
Cultural expectations and peer pressure can compound the problem by encouraging men to do ‘blokey’ things, including overindulgence in unhealthy foods, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Furthermore, risk-taking behaviour puts younger men in the way of ill health from violence and trauma, misuse of drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
In medical care the term ‘toxic masculinity’ is particularly apt, as it helps encapsulate a variety of factors that have meant men’s health outcomes, despite significant improvements over the past 40 years, remain far poorer than they could be.
What initiatives do you think could be taken to persuade men in general to better look after themselves, present earlier when symptoms develop and, consequently, live happy, healthier and longer lives? In other words what is the antidote to toxic masculinity? All suggestions welcome.
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