Our thanks to Jesús, a Research Fellow at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, for this:
The Royal Canadian Navy is bent on one-upmanship as proxy warriors in the cultural Marxist battle to outman neutral-gendered language foes (who decry the Navy shooting down the word seaman) by recruiting manpower in this gamesmanship for the sake of mankind or “peoplekind”, as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously uttered when “mansplaining”; not to be patronizing, pedantic and anti-semantic.
Will the ideologues’ diktats ban and replace the following terms of the English cultural patrimony with gender neutral ones? Manhandle, man overboard, gunman, bogeyman, mensch, gentlemen (there are few left anyways), penmanship (hardly anyone practices it), man cave, manful, manly, everyman, man’s best friend, mandrake, mandrill, manhole, mannequin, man of God, man of the cloth, man of letters, manmade, man-to-man talk, man up, man marking, mansplaining, hominid, Homo sapiens (from Latin, meaning man), misanthrope (“anthrōpos” in Greek means man), philanthropist, anthropologist, matrimony (from Latin “matrimonium”, based on mater ‘mother’ and -mōnium ‘state, condition, action or obligation’). You might see the vanishment of patrons (from Latin “pater”, ‘father’), gentlemen’s agreement, middlemen, straw man fallacy, right-hand man, man-eater, but also, applying the same criteria, womanizer, drama queen, prima donna and gynocentricism.
Some want to obliterate the word woman too, since it’s from Old English “wīfmon, -man”, the ancient word being wife. Should they get rid of “female”, given that its ending changed with association to male? And what about “she”? The Old English word for “she” was heo, hio, however by 13th century the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with “he”, which led to the feminine demonstrative pronoun “her” being used in place of the pronoun. That’s why the original h- survives in “her”.
By erasing manslaughter, gunman, homicide and manhunt (bias anyone?), killings ought to die away, since if you change words you change attitudes. Or so they want you to believe.
Subversive revolutionaries and dictatorships always aim to change and control certain terms. However, politically correctness (a Communist concept) is a Potemkin village, and risky brinkmanship.
There is another type of discrimination when using language. When men perish, are killed, kidnapped or trafficked, they are almost always described as casualties, soldiers, police officers, workers, victims, fatalities, volunteers or children; hardly ever reported as men, but if there are any women among the victims their female sex is mentioned, along with more awareness campaigns and media coverage. Men seem spendable, just a statistic.
There is a countless number of advertisements, TV programs, comics, books, magazines and cards where men are ridiculed or presented as spineless, emasculated, clueless, buffoons, irresponsible, unethical, immoral and violent. This is derogatory, insulting, demeaning, outrageous and objectionable. Furthermore, it’s rare to see positive portrayals of fathers and their crucial role in families, along with values, virtues and morality.
Violence, harassment and abuse of men is practically never discussed. However, the ratio of domestic assaults in men and women is 1 to 1 (Statistics Canada), but women are 3 times more likely to report domestic violence to police (Statistics Canada). Women are 3 times more likely to obtain a protection order after domestic violence. Men are 3 times more likely to say domestic violence did not affect them much. Police are 14% less likely to lay charges when the victim of domestic violence is a man. A team of researchers led by Prof. Sara Desmarais from North Carolina State University that conducted a “meta-analysis” of 249 domestic-violence studies found that domestic violence initiated by women is, overall, more prevalent than that started by men. According to Statistics Canada, major assault is “more prevalent among male victims of intimate partner violence than female victims (20% versus 11%), perhaps reflecting the greater tendency of intimate partner violence against men to involve weapons (22% versus 11% of incidents against women).”
Statistics Canada shows that, in 2008, the rate of police-reported physical assaults against men (779 per 100,000 population) was slightly greater than that for women (711 per 100,000 population). However, male and female victims reported different types of physical assault. Females were more likely than males to be victims of common assault, the form of assault resulting in the least serious physical injury (576 per 100,000 females and 484 per 100,000 males), while males were more likely than females to be victims of more serious forms of physical assault. The rate of assault with a weapon or assault causing bodily harm (level 2) among men (215 per 100,000 population) was nearly double that for women (114 per 100,000 population). However, the most significant difference between male and female victims of assault was found for aggravated assault.
The police-reported rate for male victims of aggravated assault (18 per 100,000 population) was more than three times higher than the rate for female victims (5 per 100,000 population). In the United States where, in 2004, the rate of aggravated assault against males was double that of females (Lauritsen and Heimer, 2008). While physical force was more common in incidents of physical assault against female victims (54%) compared to males (44%), men were more frequently the victims of an assault involving a weapon (16% of incidents against men and 8% for women). Moreover, more than twice the proportion of male victims (5%) of physical assault sustained major injuries compared to their female counterparts (2%).
Male victims of sexual assault are “more often victimized by family members other than spouses or ex-spouses and by friends and acquaintances, in comparison to female sexual assault victims” (Statistics Canada).
Marriage provides more security than common-law partnerships. Of those killed at home between 2007 and 2011, “women were four times more likely to be killed by their common-law partner than by their legally married spouse. Similarly, men in common-law unions were ten times more likely than their married counterparts to be killed by their partners” (Statistics Canada).
There is an appalling lack of proper shelters and support available to men who suffer domestic violence; only a handful in North America. There are no publicly financed shelters for those men and their children in Canada, unlike the ones for women.
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is in the process of building the first emergency shelter for fathers and children. They purchased a house in November 2020 in Toronto. This will be the first such facility in Ontario. There exists two shelters for abused men and children in Canada: Manitoba Men’s Resource Centre in Winnipeg and Maison Oxygene in Montreal. There are only two or three similar facilities in the US. In 2017, about 400 men reached out that Canadian advocacy group for male victims of domestic violence.
Men are more likely to be formally charged by police when a complaint is made (Statistics Canada). Men are 7% more likely to be charged with multiple crimes in an incident. Men’s charges are more likely to be pursued in court (28% of cases withdrawn, compared to 37% for women). Men are 11% more likely to be found guilty in court. When they are found guilty, men are 9% more likely to be sentenced to prison than women. For most crimes, men are sentenced to significantly longer prison sentences than women.
Men represent 76% in youth correctional services and 94% of Canadian federal offenders. Correctional Service Canada also states that “women offenders were granted federal day parole and federal full parole at a higher rate than men offenders over a ten year period.”
According to Statistics Canada, males are much more likely than women to be the victim of violence perpetrated by friends, acquaintances, strangers or a business partner. In 2012, in Canada, 7 out of 10 homicide victims were men.
Studies point out that men get the short end of the stick in divorces and parent rights. Men are 2 times more likely than women to lose social support after separation or divorce. Men are 2 times more likely than women to experience depression after divorce. Men are 6% more likely to be unrepresented in divorce proceedings. In Canada, 96% of child support orders are against men (Statistics Canada). Figures from the Department of Justice point out that 77% of sole custody orders are made to mothers. It is concerning to learn that 1 in 5 Canadian children, or about 2 million in total, live without their father. Research shows that children without the presence of a father fare worse.
Statistics Canada states that “education indicators show that women generally do better than men. This gap in favour of women is even noticeable at a young age, since girls often get better marks than boys in elementary and secondary school.” In 2010, 10.3% of young men, compared to 6.6% of young women, dropped out of high school.
Since the early 1990’s, the majority of students in Higher Education in Canada have been women (56% in 2013-14). And 59% of part-time students have been female (Statistics Canada).
A man in Canada can expect to live 79.4 years; a woman, 83.6 years. According to Statistics Canada, “at every stage of their life cycle, males are more likely than females to die.”
97% of deaths at work are men. Men take more dangerous jobs. Suicide rates are much more higher among men than women in every single country, without exception. 7% of men diagnosed with depression kill themselves; women, 1%. Also, men are 6% less likely to ask a professional for help when they experience depression. And only half as many men seek professional help for mental health problems, compared to women.
Men suffer cardiac problems seven to nine years earlier than women, and they are 10% more likely than women to have a new diagnosis of cancer.Men are less likely to adopt healthy habits and seek medical appointments than women, and 4 out 5 deaths due to fentanyl are men.
Homelessness affects more men than women (65.1% in Winnipeg in 2018).
Men work an average of 4 hours per week more at their full time jobs than women employed full time. On average, men spend 4 hours a week more than women travelling to their full time jobs. Men of working age are 3% less likely than working women to have a university degree. For younger workers, the difference is 8%.
Men’s real wages increased by 1.8% between 1988 and 2008. In the same period, women’s wages increased 11.6 % (Statistics Canada). The unemployment rate has been higher for men every year since 1989. Also, men are less likely to keep their job in a recession. In 2009, the employment rate fell 3% for men and 1% for women.
Evidence suggests today’s disadvantages, burdens, obligations, discrimination (as per the Manitoba Human Rights Code), bias, misandry and hostility towards men is cultural, systemic and structural; ingrained in our psyche and society. There is inequality in many areas where men lose out. Its consequences are detrimental, dangerous, harmful and, at times, fatal. A new mentality and culture, measures, programs, initiatives, funding and laws to reverse it and to change it for better is urgently needed. When men lose out, families and societies lose out.
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