Originally Posted by CDfm
If a health issue is health with as a health issue with solid facts great but if its turned into a gender politics hypotheses then the gender arguement obscures the health issue.
Well, I'm not sure how easy it is to separate the two with phrases like "man flu".
It and that joke has misandric connotations in my opinion. Indeed when Googling for information, I found an interesting thread: http://antimisandry.com/chit-chat-ma...r-25357-2.html
. Unfortunately, the language (not swearing) may put a lot of people off.
I only skimmed down a bit. Post #18 gets at what I annoys me on the issue:
on the one hand we are told that men don't look after their health and should go to the doctor more quickly with their problems and then simultaneously, with "man flu" men are wimps who complain to readily about their health problems.
I'm not sure if there is much "peer reviewed" research on "man flu" and any possible effects it might have at this stage. Nothing showed up on PubMed. It seems to be a relatively new word and published research can take quite a while between applying for funding (if necessary), getting ethical permission, doing the research and analysing the data, writing up the paper, going through peer review and then even when an article is accepted, it can sometimes take a while for it to be published.
A discussion on men's health and why men may not go to their doctor earlier is a bit broader than simply "man flu" and so might involve a lot less gender politics. I might look for more stats on that in the next while.