Comment by John Sctoll on the post Mars Isn’t Such a Nice Place.
Whenever I read articles about how men are protrayed in the media I always think of the phrase.
“Including women and children”
This phrase is usually seen in a story about some disaster where 100s (or more) of people are killed. When you read the story or do some digging, you find out that a large portion of the people killed are men and for some reason usually it is a couple of women and perhaps a couple of children.
The male victims are usually referred by gender neutral terms just as ‘victim’, ‘worker’, ‘labourer”. IOW, men are made to be invisible and are rarely if ever counted. When a mine disaster happens 99.999% of the victims will be men but no one ever mentions gender unless a woman happens to die. Or look at the war in Iraq, when a pretty , young, white female soldier was captured, the world literally lost their mind and were tripping over themselves to make her a ‘hero’. Turns out of course she wasn’t a hero, she didnt kill a whole bunch of the enemy as was reported initially. She was captured and from her own story treated very well by her captors.
Remember, good men are invisible because they don’t stand up and demand to be counted.
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