To The Editor,
After listening to speakers and reading articles on women’s fight for equality occasioned by International Women’s Day, I could not help but think much of the battle against men has been won. Starting with education.
This quote from the World Education Blog: “While many of those used to hearing campaigners for girls’ education might be doubtful of the truth in this, the stats hold up. 132 million children out of school are girls, but 132 million are also boys.” The numbers are equal.
At the higher end of the education scale, I quote from another educational site: “Despite what history across the globe has told us, women now outnumber men at universities – and it is a trend which is accelerating year upon year in the majority of countries.” One American university has a ratio of 6 /1 female to male in post graduate.
Far more post secondary degrees are given out to female than to male, partly because boys are less likely to enrol in post secondary institutions now than in other times. The malaise goes further down the line: Boys are more likely to drop out of high school than girls. In earlier education, boys are more susceptible to ADHD than girls thereby more likely to require medication while in class. There are few role models for young boys; about 95% of early education teachers are female, and many boys grow up in a home with no traditional father figure.
On other fronts, men do not appear to be all that birth-privileged either: More than 90% of federal correction prisoners are men. Men make up the bulk of homeless and are much more likely to die from work related accidents, suicide, and drug overdoses.
Masculinity is currently deemed toxic, with university courses being taught in how to identify this trait in early childhood and methods to correct the problem. Shaving/razor ads have become platforms to show males the error of their masculine ways, and it is now okay for men wear dresses on the Oscars stage; albeit no slit to the waist or plunging neckline. Yet.
It might be good for society if boys were encouraged (allowed) to have even a minor celebration of traditional masculinity; celebrate what men have envisioned and excelled at. So many of the wondrous feats, accomplishments and items brought to the world for the benefit and enjoyment of all were imagined and created by men.
Why not a Men’s Day? Maybe re-introduce Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”. Do it for the boys.