Category: Men @ Work

2014 Fall: Men @ Work

              “It’s On Us” to Stop Sexual Violence Earlier this fall, the Obama administration launched the “It’s On Us” initiative, an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Us asks men, women, everyone across America, to personally commit to be part of the solution to ending campus sexual assault. “An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years—one in five,” President Obama noted. “Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.” To work so hard to make it through the college gates only to be assaulted is “an affront to our basic humanity,” Mr. Obama said. “It insults our most basic values…[W]e’re a people who believe every child deserves an education… free from fear of intimidation or violence. It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable.” The campaign, which features considerable involvement from Vice President Biden, has taken these steps to prevent campus sexual assault: • Sending guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault • Creating a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to...

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2014 Winter: Men @ Work

ED and Sex After Prostate Cancer Can robotic prostate surgery and erectile dysfunction medication help men have good sex lives again? A prostate cancer expert says yes. According to Dr. David Samadi, chair of urology and chief of robotic surgery at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, sexual potency was restored in 85 percent of men  within 12 to 24 months of a robotic prostate surgery technique he has developed. The technique removes the walnut-size prostate gland without damaging the surrounding and highly delicate nerve bundles—key to helping men recover sexually. After surgery, urologists routinely recommend patients try oral ED medication as part of their post-surgery regimen, Dr. Samadi said. “Sexual recovery after prostate cancer surgery is equal parts effort, confidence, and intimacy. A little boost from ED medications can go a long way.” But rather than only depend on Viagra to save the day, Dr. Samadi encourages men and their partners to research prostate cancer treatment methods and choose a minimally invasive procedure—like robotics—to optimize their return to a natural sex life. An American Society for Radiation Oncology report determined that the risk of erectile dysfunction increased 40 percent after radiation therapy. In men with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, that risk jumped to nearly 75 percent (http://meetinglibrary.asco.org/content/87590-116). In patients Dr. Samadi operated on, he claimed just 15 percent experienced lasting ED symptoms. Still, he urged caution: while the...

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Protected: 2013 Summer: Men @ Work

Shedding Tears for the Decline of Men? Is the labor market in such bad shape that it’s deflating men’s chances of marrying—and causing a further fraying of the social fabric of the American family? Longtime business and economics columnist at The Washington Post Robert J. Samuelson thinks so. With nearly a half million people having left the labor force in the last six years, Samuelson believes the problem is only going to get worse: Even before the Great Recession, men who had only graduated high school faced lower wages and a harder time securing a job and as a consequence were not considered good marriage prospects. The result has contributed to an uptick in single-parent families. Additionally, unyielding high unemployment exacerbates these destructive trends. In a paper prepared for the liberal think tank Third Way (www.thirdway.org), economists David Autor and Melanie Wasserman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (economics.mit.edu/files/8754) attribute the decline of marriage to men’s economic weakness compared with ascendant women. Females are now seen as more independent economically than are men, and the days of marrying for a guy’s financial stability are over. In the past 35 years, hourly wages for men 25 to 39 have fallen 20 percent for men with only a high school diploma, while wages for their female counterparts have risen by 1 percent. During the same time frame, the number of male...

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