Today marks the end of a nine-part series on my column. Back in the early spring, I asked my social media followers a simple question—“Why don’t men discuss their health?” After gathering all the responses, I shared them here and how I suggested fixing it.
In total, I identified the following eight themes:
- They said: “Men aren’t told to check themselves at doctor’s appointments.”
- I said: “Do guys actually regularly attend their appointments? But yes, I agree. It’s not as discussed as it must be.”
- They said: “It’s awkward to talk to my mom about it.”
- I said: “She’s seen your junk plenty. Try again.”
- They said: “Talking about your health isn’t ‘masculine/manly/macho.’”
- I said: “The Rock does it, so can you.”
- They said: “There is no Susan G. Komen for men.”
- I said: “Yes there is. It’s called Susan G. Komen as well as Movember and more.”
- They said: “Men think they are invincible.”
- I said: “Spoiler alert—they’re not. Females actually outlive men by a large degree.”
- They said: “Men keep it light out of fear and/or embarrassment.”
- I said: “There’s a time and a place for humor. Health isn’t always one of them.”
- They said: “Social norms and stigmas tell us not to talk openly about our health.”
- I said: “Who set these norms? We can break them.”
- They said: “Being sick is seen as a sign of weakness.”
- I said: “See previous response.”
This isn’t just a compilation of my past two months of musings on men’s health. That would be quite a lazy way to get out of writing a weekly article, and I am pretty sure my editor wouldn’t like that. Rather, I compiled all the articles and responses here so we know what’s been addressed already. In this last post in the series, I want to ask one last time.
“Why don’t men discuss their health?”
I’m one man, with one column, and one ball. My personal combined social media following is roughly 11,000 people, but The Good Men Project community has well over ten times that amount. I want to leverage that audience and get as many responses as possible.
Ask the men in your life why they don’t want to talk about their health. Report back in the comments below, email them directly to me, or send them in a Tweet/DM/Facebook message/carrier pigeon.
Once we’ve identified all the reasons guys don’t want to discuss their health, we can continue breaking them down. Consider me the Mythbuster of men’s health.
Or more appropriately: the Ball Buster.
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