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The Disposability of Men: A Hard Reality, Not Just a Catchy Phrase (A Call for Submissions)

Why are men traditionally expected to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the family and society?


The Disposability of Men is not just a (not-so) catchy phrase. Males of the human species have been treated as disposable—mostly by other males of the same species—for millennia. Soldiers, gladiators, and football players are, perhaps, the first to come to mind when we raise the subject. In modern society, ordinary workplace incidents continue to provide more hard-to-ignore evidence. The statistics reveal that 93% of Workplace Deaths are Men; Click to see and download document “FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN BOSTON-CAMBRIDGE-NEWTON – 2015” from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Tell us your story!

What experiences have you had related to this apparent reality that human males are considered to be disposable?

If your career/job is one where you feel expendable, tell us when you began to recognize that to be true and what were the circumstances of your decision to enter/remain in/leave the dangerous line of work?

If you were in the Military, how did this apply in that environment? Be sure to tell us about your rank and duties compared with others around you.

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You may want to read these related articles, here on GMP:

For the Love of the Game: Football and the Disposability of Men–An Intimate Skirmish

American football is at a crossroads. Will we protect the players or silently ignore the evidence?

Misandry: The Invisible Hatred of Men

Men face many microaggressions that we rarely think about

Of Ships and Men

Cameron Conaway explores the Human Rights abuses in Chittagong’s notorious shipbreaking yards. Photographs by Pierre Torset.

The Disposability of Black Men

Black men are brutally murdered and systematically incarcerated. Is this genocide?

The Fine Line Between Where Chivalry and Bravery End and the Disposability of Men Begins

Men are human, flesh-and-bone, cut-and-bleed humans who feel. They are not (super) heroes.

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