They work longer hours, face economic insecurity and suffer worse health. A controversial new book argues that males increasingly face reverse sexism.
This article titled “Lagging at school, the butt of cruel jokes: are males the new Second Sex?” was written by Elizabeth Day, for The Observer on Saturday 12th May 2012 23.05 UTC
You might not have realised it, but men are being oppressed. In many walks of life, they are routinely discriminated against in ways women are not. So unrecognised is this phenomenon that the mere mention of it will appear laughable to some.
That, at least, is the premise of a book by a South African philosophy professor which claims that sexism against men is a widespread yet unspoken malaise. In The Second Sexism, shortly to be published in the UK, David Benatar, head of the philosophy department at Cape Town University, argues that “more boys drop out of school, fewer men earn degrees, more men die younger, more are incarcerated” and that the issue is so under-researched it has become the prejudice that dare not speak its name.