Op Ed

Kotaku - Nerds and Male Privilege.
The idea that perhaps the way women are portrayed in fandom is aleetle sexist is regularly met with denials, justifications and outright dismissal of the issue. So regularly, in fact, that there's a Bingo card covering the most common responses. Part of the notion of male privilege in fandom is that nothing is wrong with fandom and that suggestions that it might benefit from some diversity is treated as a threat.

But what is that threat, exactly?

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Quboid wrote on Dec 19, 2011, 06:57:
It's rather hard to take that report seriously when it describes breast cancer as female specific. Female dominated, yes, but not specific. Why not ovarian cancer? Maybe not as convenient to their point?

Breasts cancer mostly affects women yes, but also some men. And there's been recent cases where male breast cancer victims cannot receive treatment, because they are male!

Man With Breast Cancer Denied Medicaid Coverage Because He's Not a Woman

For Raymond Johnson it was bad enough being diagnosed with cancer when he was just 26 and with no health insurance, but his shock was only aggravated when he was denied Medicaid, because rules say men are not covered for breast cancer.

Yes ovarian cancer is also an issue, same is testicular cancer which is not covered there. And again breast cancer receives much more funding, publicity (pink ribbon) than prostate cancer while the amount of deaths caused by that are similar.

There are at least 7 new agencies and departments devoted solely to women while there is not one office for men or male specific ailments.

Men’s health advocates long have pushed for an Office of Men’s Health to act as a companion to the Office on Women’s Health, established in 1991. Instead of rectifying that disparity, the new health care law intensified it.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, has been critical of Obama’s gender policies, charging that his administration has pushed initiatives that favor women over men. According to Roth, the health care bill was no different.

“[The women’s] lobby is very well funded, active and vocal. It is really paradoxical because women in many ways are doing better than men, so for example, if you do a search in the health care bill there is not one mention of ‘prostate’ and are over 40 mentions of ‘breast’ and men are tax payers, they should get equal health treatment,” Roth told The Daily Caller


Link

Quboid:
FWIW, I think men have a generally greater range in life, more risks, more rewards.

Men generally take more risks in life, most fail, few make it big such as Bill Gates.

Quboid:
it does mean men have more control over their life, for better or worse.

Men and women have just as much "control" over their lives and decisions, but men are usually left to fend for themselves, while women can more often call upon the help from others to protect and support them when necessary.

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