Men are "nothing more than a walking paycheck".

Posted on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 2:14 PM EDT

What's the Problem with Masculinity? - (Pocket)

Again, for most of civilization, young men were the ones responsible for protecting society. By the time they were adults, they needed to be battle-hardened and physically strong — the survival of the community often depended on it. As a result, brutal, physical violence among men (through organized sport) was celebrated (and still is today, although this is beginning to change). And men who weren’t able to make the cut were shamed for their physical weakness, for their emotional displays and vulnerable demands for affection. Men were meant to be ruthlessly competitive, and emotionlessly self-contained.

And this was the hidden cost for their physical, and later political dominance, in human society — as men, we are taught from a young age to hide from our emotions rather than to engage them.8

Well, this may not surprise you, but repressing emotions fucks people up. And shaming people for weakness and vulnerability can result in all sorts of mental health problems, not to mention encourage them to lash out in anti-social ways (i.e., shoot up a school, or ram a car into a crowd of people, sign up to be a militant in some crazy religious organization — sound familiar?).

Men commit suicide at a rate five times that of women while teenage boys commit suicide nine times more often than girls.9 They are also diagnosed with depression and ADHD at a rate of 4-to-1 to girls the same age.10 Men make up 23 of the homeless population,11 are more than twice as likely to become alcoholics and are approximately three times more likely to become drug addicts.12 It’s widely documented that men are far less likely to ask for professional help, medical or otherwise, even when experiencing significant health problems or depression.13

Men are the victims of the majority of violent crime, but also far less likely to report it for fear of appearing weak. One survey found that 40% of the victims of domestic violence are men, yet they were far less likely to report the violence and far less likely to be taken seriously by police.14 Men take on more dangerous jobs and are less likely to report any injury suffered at work. Men work far longer hours, take fewer vacations and sick days, and suffer worse symptoms of chronic stress and fatigue. Men even die on the job at a startling rate. In short, most men treat themselves as nothing more than a walking paycheck.15

2 thoughts on “Men are "nothing more than a walking paycheck".”

  1. Not sure I agree with the conclusion, though the rest of it fits. Though some women go to college to husband shop (find a walking paycheck), I think the trend is shifting away from that now. Regarding the role a male plays in today's society, I feel we still play a role of protector. Maybe not from saber tooth tigers, but from financial demise and all sorts of perils a more trusting person my fall victim to. I would like to see a post debating whether men and women are equals, but maybe on facebook so it would piss off more people.

    1. The article painted quite a depressing image of men’s lives. I was surprised by the information on suicide rates (which I verified against government data) but also that it mostly affects white males. I’ve lost a few friends to suicide - all men.

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