A case in point: men and doctors

Posted by on Jun 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments


"Why don't men go to the doctor more often?", asks the Guardian newspaper


They drink more than women.
    They smoke more than women.
    They don't live as long as women.
    They engage in more high-risk activities than women.
    They moan more about having a cold than women (OK, maybe this one isn't a         scientifically proven fact. But it's true).

Good question.  What do you think? Have a read of the comments as well as the (hmmm) slightly men-bruising column. Lots of "reasons" why not here, lots of "excuses", also. Full-on individualism all round.

Let's just say, I'm not shure it will help thinking about "men going to the doctor" as an example of independent self-determining agency.

What if we don't do it because we don't think other men do it either?


  1. Gerard O'Neill
    June 10, 2009

    Could it be that we’re too busy?

  2. David Barnes
    June 10, 2009

    Agree with your blog — I don’t go to the doctor because it’s not a manly thing to do. And articles like this reinforce that.
    I moved to Birmingham in 1997. I didn’t even register with a GP until 2006, which also happened to be the year I got married…
    And… when I’m ill I’ve noticed that the only men who encourage me to go to the doctor are Asians or Arabs. More reason to think this is a group thing.
    Good call, interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

  3. david cushman
    June 10, 2009

    Just booked an appointment. I don’t ‘put things off’ like I did before I had a child to think about long term provision for 🙂