UK Study Shines Light on Men’s Struggles
We’ve already seen how American men are falling behind in college education and how the evaporation of industries geared toward male workers has left many men unemployed. But the problems aren’t limited to the United States. The UK’s Guardian compiled statistics that show how British men are struggling in a six other areas: prison sentencing, employment, education, homelessness, and suicide. Obviously, the results are specific to Brtiain, but there are a number of parallels to things happening here.Some of the findings were quite striking. Male workers with a job are far likelier to be laid off than their female counterparts, and less likely to be re-employed afterwards. As a result, men frequently have less stability in their careers than women.Worse, should a man have a run-in with the law, he is likely to receive a much more heavy-handed treatment for a first time offense than a woman. According to the article, 29 percent of male first-time offenders were sentenced to custody, as compared to 17 percent of women. On average men serve 53 percent of their sentence, while women tend to serve only 48 percent. The data has some issues in that it doesn’t appear to take the severity of the various crimes into account, but it is interesting nonetheless.On a more depressing note, the male suicide rate is still three times those for females. There are too many statistics to list here, but the list is worth reading in full.None of this is to say that women don’t confront serious issues too, or that their issues are more serious or less serious. Nevertheless, the silence or derision with which men’s issues are met are telling—and troubling. We wonder, if these statistics were instead about women, would there be more noise?
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