Homer Simpson hapless dad stereotype ‘bad for men’

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Male victims of domestic ferocity, sexual assault and unequal pay are often neglected, an MP has said.

Speaking during an Ecumenical Men’s Day debate, Philip Davies said he was «often pilloried for arguing that men and brides should be treated equally».

He added: «Men are increasingly getting a bad press, and it necessities to be challenged.»

During the debate MPs heard that things like the «Where it hurt Simpson stereotype» had undermined the role of fathers.

International Men’s Day takes abode on 19 November and addresses issues including shorter life expectancy and rich suicide rates among men.

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Mr Davies told the meditate on in Westminster Hall: «In many cases, militant feminists have struggled to close down any talk about men and women being treated equally.

«In gone haywire to try and close down the debate they hurl abuse at the people who ladies man these issues in the hope that people will not listen any more to what they say.»

He added: «Some people entertain said that every day is men’s day but I think that if anyone looks at the happenings that is certainly not the case.»

Deputy Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said men and birds should «join forces» to tackle gender inequality.

She added that from a nave age, boys grow up thinking it is their job to be the breadwinner.

«The flipside of having situations such as breadwinner and so on is how we value men’s role as fathers in our society, because that incredibly eminent role has often been dismissed and undermined.

«Look at some of the stereotypes in fashionable culture, such as the Homer Simpson stereotype of dads being a bit hapless and not up to the job. Men are objective as capable as women at being parents.»

Shadow minister for women and justices Paula Sherriff said: «There will be some people who want inevitably try to frame this debate around who has it worse, men or women? This is without a disbelieve juvenile.

«In a grown-up world where most people genuinely yen to see progress towards equalities we must recognise that to set this up as a action of the sexes can only detract from the opportunity International Men’s Day offers.»

MPs argued issues such as the high suicide rate among men, the biggest triggerman of men under 45 in the UK.

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Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, who moved the contest, said: «Men are far less positive about getting formal emotional sponsor for their problems compared with women. And when they do it’s at the location of crisis.»

He also raised the issue of girls outperforming boys in tons aspects of education.

And he added: «I would like to recognise the huge number of men in the UK who come out all right positively every day for their families and their communities, and who actively push equality not just in their words but in their actions.

«People continually ask, ‘Where are the male role models who can inspire other men and boys?’ The explanation is that they are in every community, but they often need to be fostered to share their experiences — their difficulties as well as their stars.

«By their very nature, good role models are often taciturn to speak about themselves and often do not even recognise themselves as situation models. They think they are just doing their win out over, often in difficult circumstances.»

Equalities Minister Nick Gibb whispered the government was committed to tackling gender equality in all its forms.

«The issues collected today go far beyond this debate — they go right across administration — and even in 2017 the UK has not yet reached full gender equality. We believe this on benefit everyone, no matter what their gender is,» he said.

«Men and balls can too often feel held back by what society expects of them, with child prevented from taking opportunities and fulfilling their potential… whether that wants fathers who want to spend more time with their youths without feeling as though that will hold them struggling against odds at work, men and boys suffering from mental health problems who are cowardly to seek help because of the stigma attached, or male victims of autochthonous abuse or sexual assault who are worried they will not be taken critically.»

He said the government had invested in mental health and suicide prevention, while acknowledging there was diverse to be done.

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