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Many Men Are Struggling to Thrive

Many men in the United States are struggling to thrive. Here’s how Georgetown University professor Joshua Mitchell summarizes the data:

With respect to the criminal justice system: men have a lower chance of posting bail than women; men go to prison at a higher rate and are treated worse in prisons than women; men are punished more harshly for the same crimes; men have higher rates of solitary confinement; men serve a higher percentage of the prison sentence.

With respect to education: men attend college at a lower rate, and graduate at a lower rate.

With respect to death: men have a lower life expectancy, by five years; men are 20 times more likely to die in a work-related injury; men have a higher rate of suicide.

With respect to physical violence: men endure a higher rate of corporal punishment in childhood.

With respect to war: men are forced by law and by societal pressure to fight and die in war. As veterans: men suffer higher rates of homelessness, suicide, PTSD, and drug addiction.

With respect to employment: almost all of the thankless work done "below ground"--in mining, utilities, fishing, and excavation--is done by men.

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This is not intended to pit men against women and debate who has more struggles in today's society. It is merely to show that men in our culture need our grace our support.

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