Unfair to men

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1097
  1. Tony Smith

    At the age of 60 I feel discriminated against: if I were a woman I would be eligible for my old age pension and a whole range of benefits ranging from free travel on public transport to exemption from library fines. This would be equitable if women aged 60 had a shorter life expectancy than men of the same age; but in all Western countries old women outnumber old men—the difference is an amazing five women to every man at the age of 90. Yet argument continues as to the extent that this sex difference in longevity is an innate physiological variation or is mainly attributable to behavioural factors. Certainly much of …

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