President McAleese thinks our economic crisis was caused by male hormones (no, really)
5 July, 2010
Last April, it was reported in the news that (a) President McAleese had launched a new fund dedicated solely to women’s causes (“The Women’s Fund for Ireland”) and (b) that she claimed that the current economic situation was “pretty much testosterone driven”. At the launch, it was claimed that there were 200 women’s funds worldwide and that there was clearly a need for funding specifically for women.
I was expecting a degree of protest at President McAleese’s comments (where’s her scientific evidence that testosterone had anything to do with our economic crisis?), or even a question or two about whether a fund dedicated solely to women’s causes was necessary or appropriate. But hardly a peep was registered. Now, if our President had launched a fund dedicated solely to men’s causes, there would have been a landslide of critical comment. What does this tell us about our media, or about how we are all still conditioned to think of women as victims in the game of life?
But it is predominantly men who are the academic underachievers, the criminal offenders, the drug addicts, and the morbidly unhealthy. Men work longer hours, die years younger than women and are now under-represented in third-level education. Men’s health issues receive far less taxpayer funding than women’s health issues.
But I don’t expect to read any day soon about a new fund dedicated solely to men’s causes (“The Men’s Fund for Ireland” anybody?)