Publically-funded commissions/boards/committees which exist to examine the status of women have been around for years, or decades in many places.
The American state of New Hampshire will likely soon become the first place that I'm aware of to have a commission looking at the status of men.
Now, I've never been to New Hampshire, but if it's anything like the rest of the places that I've been in North America, (to paraphrase something I read recently in that same N.H. newspaper) the status of men in New Hampshire is that they're just fine.
Do you think this is necessary? Do men face systematic problems that the government should be looking at? I don't really think they do.
------------------ She's a smooth operator/It's all so calculated/She's got a calculator/She's my soft touch typewriter -Elvis Costello
One thought that comes to mind is that men tend to seek medical attention less oftenthan women when facing health problems. I don't see it so much as an access issue, but more about preconceived notions that men feel they can take care of themselves.
------------------ -Scarleteen Sexpert
"Glad to have a friend like you, And glad to just be me" -Carol Hall
bettie, I think that's definitely something that needs to be looked at.
my mother and I talked about this a lot after one of our family friends died from esophageal cancer that wasn't caught until it was stage IV. he was *so* bad about going to the doctor that he had felt horrible for months and didn't go till my dad forced him to the emergency room.
my mom and I decided that one of the reasons women are better about going to the doctor is that most of us are already used to having to go to the gyn to deal with birth control issues. when you have to see someone and get an exam every year to get your prescription refilled, you're going to see a doctor at least once a year - and that's more than a lot of adult males I know.
------------------ ~lemming, Scarleteen Advocate
"Years ago, I was an angry young man/I'd pretend that I was a billboard/Standing tall by the side of the road/I fell in love with the beautiful highway..."-Talking Heads, "(Nothing but) Flowers"
I think there's a definate need for the status of men commisions... More guys drop out, have poorer marks, don't enter university or post-secondary education than girls. I think that needs to be looked at IMHO.
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