While we can attribute some of this resistance to issues of knowledge, as well as access to and availability of appropriate services, our work has consistently shown that the more Latin men empathize with traditional notions of masculinity, the more vulnerable they become.
So what can be done about it? Changing our ideas about how to express masculinity and take better care of ourselves can be a start. In other words, perhaps creating a more gender equitable society could help alleviate some of these problems, and there is evidence for this.
Iceland, which ranks first in gender equality in the world, also has one of the highest life expectancies for men at 82.2 years compared to Hispanic men in the United States, which is 77.9 years. Given that life expectancy is a strong indicator of the well-being of societies, it seems that men in Iceland are doing quite well.
The benefits of feminism on men’s health are not only evident in Iceland, there are many other examples of countries where positive health outcomes for men are simply due to the existence of more equitable societies. These differences may be explained in part by the idea that when men are given the freedom to adopt more fluid expressions of masculinity and take on less intelligent sexual roles, some of the frictions caused by inflexible displays of masculinity can be mitigated which can have negative effects. Mental, physical and social health of men and women.
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