For fathers of boys and readers of both Reeves Of Boys and Men and Farrells The Boy Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay1KVzVXbjc&feature=youtu.be

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agreed. the challenge is using language and objectives that are future-leaning and NOT the language of evangelical, paternalistic groups like Promise Keepers

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Nov 29, 2022·edited Nov 29, 2022

Reeves makes an excellent point regarding the need for institutions to promote the interest of boys and men. A number of states in the U.S. have Commissions on Women and Girls that do wonderful work informing the legislature and helping with policy decisions that allow women and girls to live to their full potential. No such funded commissions exist for Boys and Men in the U.S.

Representative Mary Dye of Washington State, who sits on the Washington State Women's Commission, is sponsoring a bill to establish a Washington State Boys and Men's Commission along with several other representatives. California currently has 25 funded city, county, and state commissions on Women and Girls, but no Commissions on Boys and Men.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, preliminary data for 2022 shows males are 74% of all overdose deaths for the first 3 quarters. In 2020, males accounted for 77% of opioid deaths in California.

There is a U.S. Office of Women's Health and a White House Gender Policy Council that is only for girls and women. Policy makers have gotten in the habit of perpetuating programs based on disparities even as other groups have experienced incredible disparities, from 2009 to 2020, nearly 700,000 males have died from suicide and opioids alone.

Go to any state in the country, and you are going to see that boys are behind in reading skills at all grade levels, a growing concern for everyone. Some challenges are different for males and females, but we never want to support one group at the expense of the other. A just society is founded on equal protections for all, and it is something we should all want for our nation's sons and daughters.

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Another good article. I thought the situation around the increased risk of death that men faced from COVID19 was worse than you outlined. It was either ignored by the media or worse still, men were blamed for their increased death rate. It was their own fault for not washing their hands enough - the evidence is mixed and COVID was not in any case transmitted this way. One academic from Durham University with no background in epidemiology even argued that Coronavirus revealed 'how deep macho stereotypes run through your society' https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-reveals-just-how-deep-macho-stereotypes-run-through-society-134968

This article was article written when a number of men who had volunteered to return to work in the NHS were barely cold in their graves.

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This is fantastic -- it is huge progress to have an APPG on Men and Boys! Now hopefully we can get things like that at all levels in the US. Not only is there the federal "Gender Policy Council" that only focuses on female issues, but virtually every state and many counties and even cities have similar commissions, often funded at taxpayer expense, for women and girls only, with no commensurate group for boys and men. San Francisco, CA, even has a Department of Women! This needs to be evened out.

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