Saturday November 19, 2011 Forum

Topic: Men: An Endangered Species?

Room: 2-227

Time: 11AM-1PM

Facilitator: Michael Wheeler

Ok....for the most part now in history, men run the economies, the countries and the world. ...and
they earn more, in global terms, a lot more. But males better look out as trends in world population
demographics, and world economic and social indicators show that men`s numbers and their
influences are on the wane and will be more so into the future.

Many questions emerge. One major question revolves around whether this is a significant problem that
needs to be addressed. Another asks what can be done and by whom.

Factors to be considered :

Birth Rates – Currently , in the world, fewer boys are born when compared to girls, except in regions
of countries like India and China, where abortion and infanticide have skewed the statistics ( United
Nations census, UNICEF 2010). Studies in Canada show that there is a significant drop in the percentage
of boys being born compared to girls. (`` Population Trends in Canada ``, University of Toronto, 2010 )
Male children as they mature are facing increasing concerns about virility, fertility and testicular cancer
directly related to environmental pollution, e.g. chemicals and pesticides.

Gender Impacts – Worldwide, relative to females, male children as they mature, are having
increasingly more problems in educational institutions with respect to proficiency and
advancement ....and in society in general with respect to antisocial behaviours.

Employment – Trends indicate that other than traditional social, corporate, military, government and
religious elites, women are outstripping men in most professional, business and work related activities
in terms of numbers, productivity and invention. Many traditionally male professions, especially when
they require college and university training, are now in the process becoming dominated by women
both in numbers and influence.

Leadership – `` Most men don`t make effective leaders these days. The new generation of effective
leaders are inclusive, reward rather than punish, encourage rather than disparage...who, generally
speaking , exhibit more stereotypically feminine characteristics. Rethinking masculinity is a must for
survival . `` ( `See Jane Lead `, Dr. Lois Frankel, 2010 )

This topic is open to discussion as to your reflections, opinions and information for the next Saturday
discussion group. It should be fun and enlightening.