Last week my daughter and I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Women’s Hospital so that she could have some tests completed. A specialist ordered them in hopes of discovering what is keeping her sick.
As a custodial father, it usually falls on me to take my daughter to all doctors visits. As the father of a daughter, I am thankful that girls and women have specialized healthcare, but as I walked up to this hospital I had to wonder, where do men and boys go to get specialized healthcare at the University of North Carolina?
Where do mothers and fathers take young boys who have a need for healthcare for issues that just affect them? After leaving the Women’s Hospital, I decided to take some time and seek out information that could answer these questions. As you can imagine, there is not one single facility at UNC-Chapel Hill that deals with healthcare for men and boys. So, I had more questions.
As an older father of a young child, I will likely begin to have significant healthcare issues when my daughter is relatively young. If I need specialized care, where will she take me if a doctor orders specialized test at the University of NC system? Then I wondered, where did all the money come from to build this enormous Women’s Hospital that is much larger than 70% of the general hospitals in North Carolina?
In looking at the University of North Carolina and it’s nursing school, I had some better insight on where this funding came from given that every single Ph.D level researcher at the Nursing School has a specialty in women’s health. Not one single researcher devotes their career to either Men’s health or conditions related to just men. Undoubtedly, this level of research is driving huge amounts of money back to the University of North Carolina which justified them building a Women’s Hospital.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Women’s Hospital and the Future of Men, Boys, and the Women that Love Them
As my daughter and I drove home I had some time to reflect. On one hand, I am thankful that my daughter can get world class healthcare that is clearly given at the University of North Carolina Health System.
But, then I thought about her children. What if she has a son?
What if she has a son who is sick? Have we reached a level in North Carolina and elsewhere that we have given so much money, resources, and infrastructure to women’s healthcare — to equalize an alleged but obviously non-existent disparity — that we actually ended up increasing the real disparity, the one men and boys have already historically faced?
Does anyone expect that this multi-million dollar hospital will be torn down the day that everyone realizes that the only healthcare disparity that ever existed favors women? And, does anyone think that when that day comes, there will suddenly be a multi-million dollar hospital built for men and boys, or that suddenly medical providers and researchers will start shaping their careers around men’s healthcare?
Will they open a wing for men and boys? A clinic? Put up some posters? Or will we just see something like this?
We know where this is heading, I think.
Modern day feminism/misandry clearly has a hand in everything my daughter and I just witnessed. What sickens me about it is that when this women’s hospital was being built, no doubt there were feminists who applauded the construction in the name of women’s rights, and who never thought about the men in their lives that they love, or their future sons who may one day need specialized medical care.
This is why I hate feminism. Feminists largely center everything around women, and to a much more superficial degree around their children. They do not take into account what happens to those children, their sons, when they turn 18 and feminism needs them to be a marginalized father, an assumed rapist, an assumed domestic violence offender, or just dead from prostate cancer, so that the narrative of feminism and the elitist focus on women can be furthered.
If you do not live in North Carolina, or have no interest in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this article still pertains to you. If you look closely within your own university system or in an average medical center, it is very likely that this system has it’s own women’s hospital and numerous specialized programs for women’s health. For boys and men — nothing.
I hope that this article will start the wheels spinning and cause you to look within your own community so that you can become a contributor and writer for A Voice For Men.
If you are a woman, a mother, or grandmother, you are probably the only hope your sons and grandsons have.