Our thanks to Groan for this. He writes:
I don’t like how feminism has made one see things through oppositional glasses. But this caught my eyes about blood donors. It appears male blood has more iron and other benefits and so the NHS wants more male donors. “Naturally” the story to encourage male donors is about helping women, I say naturally as
we all know men are far more likely to queue up to help women and children than other men!
The other thing not mentioned is the way that all health services are designed around women’s lives. In this case when you can donate. My children are donors. However the two “boys”, now men in work, have found it
difficult to get time for the appointments now. They work in the private sector. As with so many health services they are shut outside of normal work hours.
Now having been a public service worker I know it is easier to get the time for such appointments, and those services are nearly 80% female. So a practical means of getting men to donate would be simply to arrange donor sessions is “unsocial” hours, which my two sons would happily attend.
So the story has the double standards, males are physically different, men are expected and willing to help women and this is a commonly used lever, health services are unavailable to be used or receive donations outside the common work hours hence men use services and donate less.
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