It’s a good bet the Massachusetts Legislature is coming for your mojo.
Read the following blurb from the State House News (via the Herald) and try to conclude otherwise:
RESEARCH POINTS TO MASCULINITY NORMS AS DRIVER OF MEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
Ask anyone about men’s health, experts say, and they’ll typically tick off three issues: testicular cancer, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. But researchers made a case Wednesday that policymakers should attack a far more fundamental driver of men’s health concerns, a closely held, culturally ingrained phenomenon they said drives down male life expectancy and can disrupt families, communities and workplaces: masculinity itself.
Male behaviors, according to James Mahalik, a Boston College professor of psychology, are driven largely by societal norms that define masculinity, in many cases to the detriment of their health.
“Everything from seatbelt use to alcohol use, smoking, sunscreen use, cardiovascular exercise. Men were worse than women in every category of health behavior except weightlifting,” Mahalik told an audience at the Massachusetts State House. “Men may view health risk behaviors as masculine. The very way in which society may present masculinity may, in and of its definition, include taking health risks. We can think of the Marlboro man as a very stoic, masculine kind of guy.”
That’s right, all you knuckle-dragging, testosterone-soaked meat heads out there: “masculinity itself” has been identified as a public health risk. One that “policymakers” on Beacon Hill are being advised to “attack.” The Commonwealth’s Busybody Caucus has been spurred to action by far less.
Seriously, can there be any doubt that a Legislature that regularly seeks to codify such trivialities as ‘pet trusts‘ and restroom etiquette will waste no time in answering the call (which comes from “researchers,” after all) to legislate the feminization of society?
Heck, they’ve already started! Just look at Professor Mahalik’s list, above. Seatbelt use – check. Smoking? Triple-check. Expect legislation mandating sunscreen use while exercising before the end of the session. SPF 50 at minimum if weightlifting.
Such measures might be considered the low hanging fruit of the masculimination effort. The real trick will be getting at the “masculinity norms” referenced in the SHNS headline (you can bet that term came out of the presentation). And where better to influence societal norms than in the schools?… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS