Yesterday's scare with Govoner Calorie Chris Christie of NJ finding himself "short of breath" to the point he had to have himself taken to a nearby hospital and tested for an entire day.
When describing his "asthma" scare later to reporters, Christie aped a line I've heard countless men use when talking about their bodies and their their health: "I've got kids and I to be there for" (in Christie's case four). As if men needed a reason to live, and that reason can't be their own precious bodies and wonderful minds.
You see, in our culture, men are nothing more than machines - there to fight, produce, fix, inseminate, and support. You'll never hear a woman feel she must justify her endless visits to a panoply of doctors; for a woman, she doing it for her, and she is lauded for it.
Our sick culture's misandry reduces men to the depressing level of simply machines to the point that most men can't say they want to take care of themselves. Period. It's always got to be tied to his kids, as if a man without kids is less a man because he's not on the hook and being used.
Let's change this subtle (and more often, not so subtle) degradation of men. Men have value as individuals - not just as fathers, providers, and any one of the hundreds of ways they can be used and their lives and humanity sucked out of them.
Men must learn from women on this. It's not for the kids - it's for YOU.