Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Life expectancy: women now on top everywhere

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:808

Rapid Response:

How far have we gone

How far has society gone when we should quietly celebrate men dieing
earlier than women?

What happened to the equality movement for women? Were they even
looking for equality - judging by this article, no. It is probably a
testament to how focused we are on ensuring women get what they want that
we actually have people 'quietly celebrating' mens shorter life
expectancy. Could it be due to such things as womens health care being
placed above mens? Breast cancer recieving many times more funding than
prostate cancer? The US government having five womens health departments
and none for men? Have I missed any other examples of 'femenist' equality?
I'd bet my life I have, though it may not be worth as much as a womans.

This article shows more about how far things have gone rather than
how far we have come.

Life expectancy of men is short - something to celebrate - can we get
any lower?

Competing interests:
Member of the 'Demise Celebrated' male gender

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2006
John G Staines
Texas, 79707