Women’s Health Issues Men Should Care About
Maybe we shouldn’t have been separated into different rooms—one for the boys and one for the girls—for health class when we were younger. I feel that that set the tone for how men feel about women’s health issues throughout their lives, and they feel like this: those are women’s health issues. Just women’s. Not men’s problem and not their business. That’s really too bad since most of those boys in that isolated health class grow up to be men who love and have close relationships with women. Shouldn’t they be familiar with the health issues that women face? Shouldn’t they know a little more about the bodies they have sex with and carry their babies? How about we stop calling them women’s issues and call them everyone’s issues. Because, gentlemen, if your partner is unwell, it will affect you, too. Here are health problems that affect women, that men should start caring about, too.
When I first asked my partner to be aware of any lumps in my breasts when he touches them/plays with them, he jumped back. Breast cancer—or any cancer, for that matter—is not something he wants to think about when we’re in the middle of foreplay. And while I understand that sensibility, it’s time for men to get over their fear around this topic and become our allies in prevention.