I have to admit, this article made me shake my head, if only because it’s a nice reversal of centuries of “medical fact” which proved that women are weak and naturally inferior to men. The difference, of course, is that those misconstrued “facts” were (and still are) used to justify and reinstate oppression and misogyny, where as I doubt anyone will use this
Even when a boy manages to be born, he’s still behind the survival eight ball: he is three to four times more likely than girls to have developmental disorders like autism and dyslexia; girls learn language earlier, develop richer vocabularies and even hear better than boys. Girls demonstrate insight and judgment earlier in adolescence than boys, who are more impulsive and take more risks than their sisters. Teenage boys are more likely to commit suicide than girls and are more likely to die violent deaths before adulthood.
to explain why men shouldn’t be in positions of power.
The rest of the article was largely apologist BS — for example, the author complains that the NIH spent more money on studies done only on women than studies done only on men. Which conveniently ignores the fact that up until very recently, most studies were done only or mostly on men, and researchers are now having to go back and re-examine how a lot of things affect women. But she is correct in pointing out how our social expectations of men negatively influence their health — how when we expect men to be “manly,” we put them in a position where they’re less likely to recognize depression and mental health problems, where they aren’t comfortable admitting physical pain, and where they’re more inclined to engage in risky behavior to prove their masculinity. We’ll reiterate: Patriarchy and narrow gender roles are bad for men, too. Thoughts?