According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of heart disease among men is greater than among women in every age demographic. In the 60-79 age bracket, the prevalence among men is more than twice what it is among women. More than 1.4 times as many men as women have had a diagnosed heart attack or fatal coronary disease across all age groups.
In light of those statistics, it makes perfect sense, of course, that this Friday is Go Red For Women Day, during which the American Heart Association encourages people to wear red in order to “help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.”
In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.
Um…it does affect more men than women. It is rather unbelievable that the AHA is attempting to disabuse women of a plain and simple fact.
This is all of a piece with our increasingly female-centric culture which attempts to instruct us that whatever problems exist, they are inevitably worse for women. (Climate change to hit women hardest!) It is bad enough we have to suffer through sports seasons in which players, coaches and officials are pressured to where pink in order to “raise awareness” for breast cancer several times a year. At least women do in fact suffer from breast cancer more than men do, even if the “awareness” of the disease far outweighs its dangers relative to other women-killers. But this is just taking things to an absurd level.
Whatever this says about the AHA in particular or our screwed up society more generally, I highly encourage everyone to refuse to wear red this Friday, to protest this sexist denial of reality. Don’t believe it and don’t accept it. And keep your eye out….if, on Friday, you see more people without red on than with it, know we are winning the battle!
(BTW, I found out about this Red Day foolishness because my HR department, in that cloying way that only HR departments can achieve, sent around a circular encouraging all employees to wear red on Friday. When I presented them with the statistics on heart disease and wondered if they had ever promoted to employees a “men’s awareness” movement of any kind whatsoever, they replied, again in typical HR manner, “We are always looking for volunteers to promote important causes across a wide range of missions.” I’m taking that as a firm “No”.)