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This is a man's world? Yes and no, says new book
Date:12/13/2010

flipside of misogyny. Television has fuelled the trend, he says: "Watch any sitcom to witness contempt against men."

Bumper stickers began sporting cheap shots such as "So Many Men. So Little Ammunition" and T-shirts have been emblazoned with slogans reading "Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them." Systemic misandry is high both in individual and societal terms and Synnott continues to research how it applies to male suicide.

Propelled to an early grave

Another topic investigated in Synnott's book is the disparity of male-to-female death rates. Figures are stark: Men make up two thirds of accidental deaths, whether these occur in the workplace, in a car, on a bicycle or crossing the street. Disproportionately high numbers of men find themselves homeless, addicted to drugs or in prison.

Each year, approximately 9,000 Canadian men die violent deaths mainly at the hands of other men. Canadian men constitute 99 percent of military victims of the war in Afghanistan; 73 percent of the homicide victims, 77 percent of suicide victims; over 90 percent of workplace fatalities as well as constitute the majority of homeless people. "This presents a rather different picture of men as victims," says Synnott.

Heroes versus villains

Perception of modern males continue to be challenged in the 21st Century, stresses Synnott. "A turning point was 9/11 when 403 mostly male members of the New York City police and firefighters were killed while saving total strangers. They demonstrated amazing heroism."

"With the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, men were once again defined in heroic mode," he continues. "Earlier definitions of men as villains are now being complemented by perceptions of men as victims and then as heroes."


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Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
s-j.desjardins@concordia.ca
514-848-2424, x5068
Concordia University
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