The global medical industry has a new and exciting way of changing the way men look: by promoting gender equality and empowering men to be men.
In a world that still has many women struggling with their gender identity, this is a big change.
For a long time, the medical community had a gender bias against men.
Men are still considered “manly” and “strong” and therefore treated as less capable, more prone to depression and more prone than women to committing violence.
The Gender Research Institute at Imperial College London says the gender equality movement is part of a broader cultural shift away from a rigid gender binary, in which gender is defined as biological and immutable, and that the medical profession should “develop a more nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between biology and culture”.
“The gender balance of doctors is a critical issue and it has been highlighted in a number of studies.
We think that it is time to take on this challenge, as it has become a huge challenge to the health and wellbeing of men and women, as well as the wider society,” Dr Mark Beggs, co-author of the report and professor of medical sociology at Imperial, said.
Dr Begg, who is also the director of the Gender Research and Learning Centre, said the medical establishment needed to recognise that gender equality is happening across the globe.
“We have to realise that gender parity is happening in the United States, in Europe, in Australia and in South America,” he said.
“If we can change this mindset, we can make a difference in the lives of men as well.”
“A few years ago, the general consensus was that men and boys should be treated as second-class citizens, so it’s time to recognise the fact that men are different, and this can be a very positive development,” he added.
The report says men and girls can be more accepting of each other when they are working together and they have gender equality in terms of the amount of pay and recognition they get.
“When we have a gender balance, we find that men who are more masculine tend to be more motivated and have more positive attitudes about working with women, and women tend to have more masculine attitudes about their jobs and the work environment,” Dr Begg said.
The medical profession has been known to promote gender equality before.
The medical journal Science said in 2015 that the number of doctors and surgeons was rising rapidly in a bid to improve the medical and surgical care they provide.
“It is clear that there is an increasing awareness among the general public of gender equity, particularly amongst the medical professions, as we begin to see a trend towards greater gender equality across the world,” Dr Gail Smith, president of the Association of British Medical Colleges (ABMC), said in a statement.”ABMC is pleased that the report has highlighted the importance of women’s roles in medical practice, and is committed to supporting and empowering women in the medical field,” Dr Smith said.