A very brief bullet point list of men and boys’ issues follows. For a slight amplification of what these issues entail – but still in brief – read the Introduction to the Disadvantages faced by Men and Boys.
- Educational disadvantage of boys, from aged 5 to university.
- Lack of recognition of, or assistance for, male victims of partner abuse.
- Men’s shorter life expectancy.
- Substantially less research funding on men-only diseases compared with women-only diseases.
- Male suicide rates are 3.8 times that of females, suicide being the commonest cause of death in males under 45.
- Men have virtually no paternity rights.
- Paternity fraud is rife, is extremely damaging to men, but society regards it as just fine.
- The family courts discriminate outrageously against fathers.
- False allegations are commonly used as a tactic against men in the family courts.
- One in three fathers do not live with their children, most often against their wishes.
- The bar is being ever lowered on what is regarded as sexual assault by males on females, whilst the penalties are becoming more severe. The result is that women have the power to destroy a man for minor offences or issues of perception.
- In contrast, sexual assault of males (of all ages) by females remains largely unrecognised by society and the criminal justice system alike.
- Grossly inequitable treatment of men and women in the criminal justice system. Three out of every four men in prison would not be there if they were treated like women.
- Whilst we hear a great deal about the “pay gap”, it is women who spend most of the money, whoever earns it.
- For full time workers under 35 years old, women’s median pay rate exceeds that of men. This pay advantage in favour of younger women is likely to increase as men’s educational fortunes sink further.
- There is a gender pay gap in favour of men for older full time workers only because women tend to prioritise work-life balance over earnings and men tend to do the opposite. Men therefore work substantially more hours per week, and work for more continuous years. The pay gap merely means that men work more and are home less – some privilege.
- Men are 96% of workplace fatalities, and are far more likely to suffer injuries at work or to get work related diseases than women.
- Women seek “equality” with men only in desirable occupations (consultants, professors, Board members, MPs, etc) not in the jobs that 99% of men do – the nasty, dirty, dangerous jobs that lead to the above fatalities.
- Men (or boys) are more likely to be the victims of violence than women (or girls) – despite the constant exhortations that we should “end violence against women”.
- Around 90% of homeless rough sleepers are men.
- 99% of war deaths and casualties are men.
- Female genital mutilation is illegal and universally reviled. Male genital mutilation is regarded as perfectly acceptable and without disbenefit to the man (it isn’t). Half a million African boys killed or maimed in the last eight years by botched circumcisions goes unnoticed.
- Female suffering is newsworthy, male suffering is not (e.g., Boko Haram – how many people know that their main activity is killing boys?).
- There is a lack of action on under-representation of men in certain professions, contrasting with the huge focus on assisting women into areas where they are under-represented (e.g., STEM, though women now dominate in STEMM).
- Male-only organisations have systematically been obliged to accept females, whilst the reverse is not true.
For a little more detail on these issues read the Introduction to the Disadvantages faced by Men and Boys.
For far more detail, read the rest of this site – or the associated Wiki: mhrm.uk.