Men's health

Comment, on men's health issues and not repeating the mistakes of the women's health agenda by seeing men's as more than balls and prostate problems.

Global Action on Men’s Health launched. I'm missing the link to Movember

I get a bit grumpy about Movember. Good enough on prostate cancer, more or less, but the rest?...hmmm....

It’s a great fundraising mechanism invented by business men, run by fundraisers and with the crass lack of self consciousness we'd all want our adolescent lads grow out off as quickly as possible. It has no idea it’s not that bright about men’s health. It’s also a tinsy winsy bit smug about ‘changing the face of men’s health’, its neat but vacuous strap line.

Prostate Cancer: One of the UK's 'biggest man killers'? Really?

Quick! Run after it! The rhetoric's getting away!

I’ve just spotted the following, at the bottom of a job advert in the Guardian, seeking an Information Officer for Prostate Cancer UK.

“We are building Men United, a growing team of men across the UK, to get the message out there about one of the UK’s biggest man killers, to support men affected by it and to raise funds to find more reliable tests and treatments for the future.”

MoQuestions about Movember

Here’s a funny Movember thing, from the BBC website. Funny as in odd; not funny ha ha. No author and none of it seems to have gone through any critical filter.   

Movember: 13 Suggestions for Improving It. [insert ref. to 'unlucky' here].

I reckon Movember might need (but possibly not quite appreciate) some constructive advice on how I'd fix it. Here it is. 

NEWS: Woman points out she hasn't got all the answers on men's health. Movember 'surprised'

Here’s more from me about Movember and women. Using text copied from this page for the women of Movember termed MoSistas - what follows are some occasionally serious observations on semantics. The italicised text is mine.

I'm not hinting at misogyny this time - not in every comment - but I do wonder about their blithe assumption that women have an innate facility for dealing with health issues. Women's or men's. Nope. We don't. 

“Get involved MoSistas

A woman wonders aloud about Movember.

I’m more MoMotha or MoGran than MoSista these days but I’m legit. as a target for Movember fundraising asks – so I do have a stake in what Movember are up to and I pay attention. Now I’ve stopped taking any notice of its own estimation of its good effects, other reservations have also begun to emerge.

Their tone.

Oi. Movember. No!

I see the moustaches. I get the jokes, I groan at the puns. I marvel at the money. I spot the global reach. I understand the popularity. I grasp the style. I read all the words. 

What’s at the core though? It does come over very Emperor’s New Clothes if you concentrate and keep saying to yourself ‘Yes, that's all very well but what do they actually mean?’

We should all wonder about the content. It’s ours, after all; we paid millions for it.

This month I’ll mostly be aware of….

Masses! Absolutely masses. Health awareness and charities….. Tch. It’s all gone to nonsense, hasn’t it? There are so many Days/Weeks/Months the concept is just silly, offering little of actual use to the audience. Many are only done because it’s ‘what you do’ in broad-brush healthee charidee way.

Has 'risk' ever been part of popular discourse on breast cancer screening?

I’m pretty interested in screening in general and cancer screening in particular.