The Uncommon Man

December 16, 2005

Gender and Mortality

Today I am turning over the weblog to Michael Kimmel (sociologist and author who is highly respected for his work on men and masculinity). He has given me permission to re-print some comments on an article focusing on patriarchy and men's mortality rates:

This is a fascinating study of gender and mortality rates. On the one hand, it makes clear that, contrary to men's rights arguments, it is not feminist gains that are the source of the difference in mortality rates, but quite the contrary: it is male supremacy that leads to higher mortality for males.

On the other hand, it also suggests that the argument that gender equality is also in men's interests is not simply self-serving pabulum. While of course the ethical imperative alone should lead men to support gender equality, it's also nice to know that they'll live longer in countries that do.

And it also supports the claim that supporting gender equality is not simply a life-style issue, but a national one. It is not argued that individual men who support gender equality live longer, just that more gender equal nations have closed the mortality gap considerably. (Oh, and one more thing: there is no evidence that the closing gap is because women have "caught up" to men in stress related diseases etc. It's that BOTH women and men live longer.)

via JECH online - Is Patriarchy The Source of Men's Higher Mortality?

Posted by Russell at December 16, 2005 06:34 AM


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