Ep. 15 – International Men’s Day with Eloise Tovee

Emma Frame 15th November 2021

Episode 15 we invited Eloisa Tovee on the show to kick off a series of episodes celebrating International Men’s Day, a day to celebrate men and also take a closer look at some of the challenges men face in todays world.

The aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues. These include topics such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide. This year’s theme: “Better relations between men and women.”

Some issues we will be exploring during the series include

People still hold onto the buccaneering cowboy vision of the alpha male which creates an unrealistic standard for men – especially since we left the Wild Wild West in the early 20th century And in the same breath, we teach our sons and our men that they are dispensable. They are more likely to be drafted into the army, lose custody court cases, end up homelessness (70%) Whilst the number of countries where paternity leave is enshrined in law has more than doubled to about 90 in the last 20 years; paternity is still openly criticised – latest example was Joe Lonsdale, founder of software giant Palantir Technologies on Twitter last week who tweeted “Any man in an important position who takes 6 months of leave for a newborn is a loser. In the old days men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future – that’s the correct masculine response.”  3/4 suicides are men – more women attempt suicide (in the US suicide attempt 1.2 times as often as men), but men use more violence methods making them it less likely for them to receive help The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that suicide represents half of all male violent deaths worldwide 95% of people who die at work at men Men’s health (including male cancers) – The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime Shorter life expectancy (on average 6 years less than women

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