Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Being a Man ... is bad for your health

À propos (just) Kipling's "Tommy", an article at the BBC reports that, according to University of Michigan's Randolph Nesse, "Being male is now the single largest demographic factor for early death."
Simply being a man is bad for your health, doctors have suggested.
A study in the United States shows men take more risks than women and are more likely to die from almost everything from heart disease to murder.
While men are more likely to die than women at practically every stage of their lives, the authors found the risks are highest in early twenties and in old age. More >>>


Morgan said...

absolute nonsense...


Dr. Stephen Ogden said...

Dear Morgan:

Can you elaborate? ;--)

Certainly, comparative medical data -- who dies sooner, has higher rates of incarceration, etc. etc. -- are at least verifiable. But I think the sub-text to the BBC article is that traditional norms of masculine behavior (e.g. the Stalky model) are destructive.
Certainly the BBC, as a typically upper-middle-class organisation, want to influence a change in the behavior of unmarried lower-class males between sixteen and thirty-six, of whom - as always -- they (i.e. the upper-middle-class) are afraid of in peacetime....or without Empire.

Maz said...

Touché Stephen, I totally agree. Behavior of those that live off the Stalky model, are destructive. There is no doubt about that. However, after reading this article thoroughly, nowhere did it state that men with the traditional norms of masculine behavior are more likely to die. It simply stated "Being a man is bad for your health". Now, I must admit, I do possess a bias towards the BBC for a number of reasons but even with that said, one cannot surely base such a bold statement on one source which is exactly what the BBC did. So this is why Dr. Ogden, that article is nonsense from my perspective.


P.S my apologies for the informal writing.

Dr. Stephen Ogden said...

Well elaborated! So, you are saying that the media use sensationalism to make money? I'm schocked; shocked!