Catholic News Agency, June 7, 2019
When the Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’, which features teen suicide, first aired in 2017, mental health professionals expressed concerns that the show could have a contagion effect, triggering an increase in suicides among teens inspired by the show. A new study suggests these fears were not unfounded. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, United States youth ages 10-17 had a 28.9% increase in suicide rates in young males in the month (April 2017) following the debut of the show. “The number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 was greater than the number seen in any single month during the five-year period examined by the researchers,” the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported. Increases in suicide rates among youth were also found in the month leading up to the shows release, and through December 2017, nine months after its release.
The study was conducted by multiple researchers from several different universities, hospitals, and the NIMH, which also funded the study. The study found that the increase in suicides was statistically significant among young males. The increase in suicides among young females in association with the show was not statistically significant.
Traditionally, boys aren’t encouraged to build an emotional vocabulary. Dads, in particular, can help change that.
Fatherly, June 7, 2019
often gloss over the fact that, from a young age,
men are taught to communicate differently than women
. Where girls are encouraged to talk about their emotions and given the tools to do so, boys are often encouraged to shut their emotions down. And this simple fact, which manifests much earlier than parents might think, affects a boy’s entire life. Not being able to address emotions feeds into boys’ and men’s anxiety, stress, and
ability to make long lasting friendships
All of this affects men’s well-being. At the heart of the matter is the lack of a healthy emotional vocabulary, according to Dr. Gaile Dines, the President and CEO of Culture Reframed, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies Wheelock College, Boston. “Studies actually show that girls and boys have very different ways of communicating with parents,” she says. In her work, she has become adept at helping parents have sensitive emotional conversations with their children. In a wide-ranging conversation,
spoke with Dines about the emotional lives of boys and why it might be a good idea if parents have big conversations in the car.
What's an appropriate scope of masculinity to teach young boys in a time when the president acts like a bully?
Salon, June 8, 2019
The contemporary phenomenon of bullying and violent men suggests we are in a definitive and defensive moment of reaction to a culture of change, evolution and progress, and it is a most certainly painful reaction for men accustomed to unquestioned power. Quite simply, men in the United States do not hold the same cultural status or identities that they did 50 or even 20 years ago. And the increasing racial diversity of the nation has specifically complicated white men’s presumed patriarchal authority. The angry, even violent actions of some men, including President Trump and many who enjoy his juvenile antics, suggest that they do not quite know how to handle these changes. In the book I’m writing, I ask why imaginative fiction of the late-19th century is unable to envision models of masculinity that would be non-patriarchal. The answer, I believe, lies in President Trump’s bullying speech at CPAC. When men act in ways that may be different or even question normalized gender standards, they can threaten patriarchal power — and despite their privilege, entitled men are both quite vulnerable and amazingly sensitive to such threats. These men tend to brutally satirize nonconforming boys and men, whether in middle school or the White House; they actively discourage men from considering alternative kinds of maleness and make certain that boys learn to act in specified ways. And while we do this, change, evolution, even progress still happen. If we’re lucky, young boys may still become new and different kinds of men.
Promundo, June 5
State of the World’s Fathers
report launched June 5 at the
Women Deliver 2019 Conference
in Vancouver, Canada, at an event co-hosted by Promundo with Unilever Dove Men+Care, in advance of Father’s Day in many countries around the world. The
State of the World’s Fathers
report is produced by Promundo, co-coordinator of
MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign
– which is active in over 55 countries. The report reveals new research findings, conducted with Unilever, Dove Men+Care in seven countries and from Plan International Canada in four countries – drawing from interviews and surveys of nearly 12,000 individuals.
State of the World’s Fathers
2019 also includes cross-country data analysis from the
International Men and Gender Equality Survey
in more than 30 countries, and it provides recommendations to close the unpaid care gap in support of achieving gender equality.
Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2019
Mindful of the benefits, many employers are expanding parental-leave offerings for men and
encouraging them to take it.
None is going farther than Olark, a 30-employee provider of live-chat software. Both co-founders of the company, CEO Ben Congleton and COO Matt Pizzimenti, took more than three months off with their newborns this year—at the same time.
Taking paternity leave tends to increase new parents’ satisfaction with their relationship,
easing the marital strain
that often follows childbirth, according to a study published in April in the Journal of Marriage and Family. This comes after a 2016 study of paternity leave in 11 nations showing that extending a father’s leave to one month or more tends to make men
more assertive in parenting
rather than deferring to mothers. Fathers on extended leaves also do more housework, and savor time spent with their infants more. Few men take more than a few days’ parental leave without an explicit endorsement of their right to it, according to the 11-nation study. Many face social stigma and career damage if they do. In the U.S., only 15% of civilian workers have access to paid family leave, skewed toward high-paid workers in white-collar jobs at companies with 500 or more workers, according to an
annual federal survey
. It’s available to 24% to 28% of employees in financial services, insurance and teaching, compared with 6% to 9% in construction, service and transportation jobs.
Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2019
Schick Hydro is celebrating the ‘trials of the modern man’ with a new campaign that addresses the expectations that men should pay the bill at dinner or confront a home intruder. The ads are intended to challenge the audience on their expectations of what men should be. The Australian ads were based on the global campaign created by Mullen Lowe US, which showed a man gaining confidence on his first date from shaving with his Schick razor. Di Timlin, senior marketing manager of Oceania Edgewell Personal Care says: “We want to start conversations around what being a man looks like today, how it varies amongst men, and that it is important that we move away from a single-minded definition of men in 2019. “We knew that to grab the attention of the Aussie man, we needed to bring some humour using every day scenarios which men face to the table and the team at 303 Mullen Lowe have captured this perfectly.” “We want to assist the Gotcha4Life team in showing men across Australia that they need to talk about how they’re feeling and what is going on with them. To open up and get vulnerable, and as Founder of Gotcha4Life Gus Worland says, to know ‘it’s ok to not be ok’.”
More than 10 million men are affected by eating disorders in the United States alone. Yet, we aren’t doing enough about it.
Healthline, June 6, 2019
According to the
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
, eating disorders impact as many as 10 million men in the United States alone. Research has identified a “
significant genetic component
” to both anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Approximately 3 to 3.5 percent of males will be impacted by an eating disorder, according to
, a clinical psychologist with Palo Alto University. And while family history can absolutely present as a risk factor for a boy developing an eating disorder himself, it isn’t the only one. “Unfortunately, the same factors that influence women and trigger them to perceive their bodies negatively and engage in unhealthy behaviors to change their bodies to cultural standards can also manipulate boys into feeling differently about their bodies,” Sadeh-Sharvit explained. She said that media images of highly muscular bodies, that also usually appear hairless and tan, can “distort the perceptions boys and young men have of their own bodies and trigger them to engage in behaviors that are unhealthy in order to shape their bodies differently.”
Australian Men’s Health Forum, June 7, 2019
Australian Men’s Health Forum President
“This report card on the state of men and boys’ health in Australia tells us we must do better.“Our sons are less educated than our daughters. Our brothers die younger than our sisters. Our fathers are more likely to die at work than our mothers. Our male friends are more likely to die by suicide than our female friends. “The solution to these problems is not to stop working to improve the lives of women and girls, but to increase our efforts to tackle the issues facing men and boys. This means investing more time, money and resources into helping health services become more male-friendly and focused on the needs of men and boys. “It also means looking at the wider social factors that shape men’s health, which include boys’ education, our experiences of fatherhood, our working lives, our financial wellbeing and our social connections.” The report brings together the latest available data from a range of Government sources. AMHF says Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has developed a national men’s health strategy.
AIDS Map, June 4, 2019
Qualitative research with HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in Australia who had been cured of hepatitis C infection revealed that having hepatitis C was more stigmatising than HIV infection. While being a member of certain social and sexual networks increased the chances of reinfection with hepatitis C, leaving these networks and abstinence from drug use could lead to social isolation. Engagement with treatment services for hepatitis C often led to a better understanding of hepatitis C infection risks and an improvement in strategies to avoid reinfection. Participants also reported that engagement in hepatitis C care encouraged a reduction in sexualised drug use (often called 'chemsex' or 'party ‘n’ play'). This was reported in the
Journal of the International AIDS Society
by Sophia Schroeder and colleagues at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. Hepatitis C co-infection in gay men living with HIV has been on the rise in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America over the past decade. Specifically, gay men who inject methamphetamine and engage in condomless group sex are at greater risk for co-infection with hepatitis C. Stigma around hepatitis C (linked to stereotypes regarding drug use and the type of individual who may have hepatitis C) limits conversations pertaining to infection status, knowledge about hepatitis C diagnosis and management.
DENNIS J. BARBOUR, JD
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