A multidisciplinary, international approach is taken in this volume which contextualizes men's health issues within the broader theoretical framework of men's studies. The contributors argue that gender is a key factor for understanding the patterns of men's health risks, the ways men perceive and use their bodies and men's psychological adjustment to illness itself. The first part introduces perspectives of men's studies and their relevance to understanding men's health. Part Two explores the links between traditional gender roles, men's health and larger structural and cultural contexts.
Chapter 3: Premature Death among Males: Extending the Bottom Line of Men's Health
Premature Death among Males: Extending the Bottom Line of Men's Health
Perhaps, as writers have suggested across the ages, the inevitability of death is the common tie binding all humans together. Certainly, it is the stuff of philosophy, drama, and religion—the theme that all humans must die and that no matter how long we may live, life is over all too soon. Death has been called the “Great Equalizer” because it comes to rich and poor alike, to the powerful and the powerless, to people of all nations, creeds, and religions. However, there is one inequity that remains a constant: the sex differential in death. On average, men die nearly 7 years earlier than ...