The short-lived male

Men of almost all nationalities can expect to die earlier than their female counterparts; in Japan the average difference is seven years.

Of course, it’s largely our own fault; men die from lung cancer (which essentially means tobacco smoking) at more than twice the rate of women, and experience much higher rates of death due to motor vehicle accidents and alcohol-related causes. But does our higher propensity for risk-taking and ability to ignore common sense mean the gender difference in health outcomes shouldn’t be addressed?

Click here to read more about this topic in Sarah Hawkes’ article Death by Masculinity.

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