A Woman's Guide to Your Man's Health
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Women make most of the health care decisions, including those for the guys in their life. Wouldn't it help if we understood male health issues better? CBS health correspondent Emily Senay, MD, author of "From Boys to Men: A Woman's Guide to the Health of Husbands, Partners, Sons, Fathers, and Brothers" was our guest on June 16, 2005.
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Men and women are socialized differently. And while so much of our relationship between the sexes has been explored, everything from child care to cleaning the house to dividing up chores -- the so-called 50/50 relationship that many couples have -- for some reason caring for the health or thinking about the health of the family is what the women still do. It's sort of the final frontier of the evolution of the relationship between men and women. Women continue to be the health care czar within the family, and many times they do not even realize the profound role they play in the family's health. Women are nurturers by nature and I think despite years of hearing that men and women are equal, there are differences between how men and women approach life. I believe that this is one of the areas where women continue to play a traditional role, though they may not acknowledge they're doing it and they also get little credit for caring for the health of the family.
We do need to be more conscious about the messages we send our children, but particularly our sons, about respect for caring for their bodies, and making sure we don't send divergent messages on risk taking. In other words, we want to be equal in our language with our sons and daughters. This is a very important message, not only for mothers, but for fathers. Fathers model behavior for their sons and whatever Dad is doing sons are learning and will likely do the same.