The Risk Takers

Statistics show that men are risk takers and are often exposed to stress-inducing situations, danger, and toxins in the workplace. They place themselves in dangerous situations, most often for the benefit of their families or others, and do so more often than women do.

For example, in 2017, males accounted for 93% of fatal workplace injuries. In that same year, males’ death rate for heart disease was 60% higher than that of females, males’ death rate for cancer was 40% higher than that of females, and their death rate for accidents (in and out of the workplace) was 110% higher.

Males comprised 97.9% of the military deaths from 2001 through 2014 with a death rate twice that of females.

The life expectancy of males at birth is currently about 5 years less than for females.

We don’t hear much about these statistics from the cultural and political elites who make pejorative claims against “male privilege”, nor should we expect to as masculinity becomes ever more devalued in our society.


“Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics., Retrieved October 14, 2019.

Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Arias E. Deaths: Final data for 2017. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 68 no 9. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2019.

Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD, Arias E. Mortality in the United States, 2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 328. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.

Fischer, Hannah. “A Guide to U. S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom”. Congressional Research Service, November 20, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2019.


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