Celebrate International Mensday

I am embarrassed to say that I was unaware of today’s significance. And, I’m a man. Granted, it originates in Australia, but I think it is worth celebrating even if it hasn’t had a lot of publicity around here. The fact is that a lot of times we guys end up on the short end of the stick.

This is what the website International Mensday says, “The theme for 2017 is Celebrate Men and Boys. We know that Men’s health is worse than women’s in almost every part of the world. Recent World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that, globally, male life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 69 years; for females, it was 74 years. Women on a worldwide basis live 5 years longer than men. We know that over 95% of work place fatalities are men and that 99% of combat deaths are men.

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“We also know that in almost all the countries of the world the suicide rate is worse for men than women and averaged out, the rate of suicide for men is up to three times that of women. In Russia it is 6 men for every 1 women. Most people know that men suffer unfair discrimination in family law in most countries of the world and in western nations men and boys are dropping behind in school and university.”

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