Your personal invite to the UK’s 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys

A personal invitation to come along to this year’s 3rd National Conference for men and boys in Brighton & Hove from 26th September to 29th September.

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A quarter of all Blackpool boys will die before they reach 65

Kian+Kelly+Blackpool+v+Fulham+Premier+League+AQrA7yWYqWFlA boy born in Blackpool  is four times more likely to die before 65  than a girl born in East Dorset,  according to latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics that reveal that nearly a quarter of Blackpool boys will die before they reach 65.

Men are not pre-destined to die younger than women and there are many, many factors that contribute to men dying younger than women on average.

It is too simplistic to blame men and boys’ health inequalities on a single factor such as men’s behaviour, for example. When you consider that an average boy in East Dorset will die 3 years sooner than a local girl, but outline girls from Manchester by 4 years, then there are clearly other factors that are impacting on men’s health.

Developing a better understanding of what we can do to help men live longer, happier, healthier lives is one of the key themes of the 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys. If you want to take part in this event then do please buy your tickets online today here.

According to the latest data, in 2009–11, male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset (83.0 years); 9.2 years higher than in Blackpool, which had the lowest figure (73.8 years)

According to 2009–11 mortality rates, approximately 91% of baby boys and 94% of girls in East Dorset at birth will reach their 65th birthday. The comparable figures were 77% and 86% in Blackpool and Manchester respectively.

The distribution of life expectancy across England was characterised by a north-south divide, with people in local areas in the north generally living shorter lives than those in the south.

In 2009–11, approximately 32% of local areas in the East, 45% in the South East and 22% in the South West were in the fifth of areas with the highest male life expectancy at birth. In contrast, there was no local area in the North East, North West and Wales in this group. A similar pattern was observed for females.


Help change the way we think about male circumcision in the UK

imagesCould you help change the way that people think about medically unnecessary male circumcision in the UK?

While the ritual of female circumcision (or female genital mutilation) is illegal in the UK, it is still legal for people to painfully cut off a boy’s foreskin without anaesthetic in a non medical setting. As a result baby boys can be damaged and injured and in some cases bleed to death. Campaigners also claim that too many “therapeutic” circumcisions are performed on boys where alternative, non-surgical remedies could be used.

The National Conference for Men and Boys has helped raise awareness of this issue with the support of organizations like Norm UK, Genital Autonomy and Men Do Complain who have attended previous events.

To be part of discussions and debates on a broad range of important men and boys, issues click on this link to BUY YOUR 2013 CONFERENCE TICKET TODAY.

One of the men working hard to change our thinking on male circumcision needs a little support to take his work to the next stage.

Brian Earp is a researcher, writer and speaker who has been awarded a partial scholarship to complete a  Master’s program at the University of Cambridge where he will undertake new research on the history, philosophy and ethics of circumcision.

Brian has been helping to forward the international debate on male circumcision for a decade and now hopes to find “a new angle to tackle that hasn’t been written about to date, discovering a way to make a historically and medically informed ethical argument that really changes how people think about circumcision”.

To help him do this Brian needs to raise a further $10,000 and has launched a crowd-funding campaign which you can contribute by visiting his online fundraising page here.

To find out more about the debate around unnecessary male circumcision in the UK see:

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Male cancer campaigns on the rise

Third National Conference Men Boys Cancer Movember How can we beat male cancer?

With men being 60% more likely to get the cancers that affect both sexes and 70% more likely to die from those cancers, beating male cancer is one of the topics of conversation that we focus on every year at the National Conference for Men and Boys.

If you want to take part in this year’s event why not book your ticket online today:

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Research into male cancer reveals that we put less time, energy and money into tackling cancer in men than women, for example:

  • We invest less funding into research about male cancers than female cancers.
  • We systematically vaccinate teenage girls against HPV which causes cancers in men and women,  but we don’t vaccinate boys.
  • Women are screened systematically for breast cancer and cervical cancer but no equivalent national screening programme exists to detect male specific cancers.

Things have begun to shift in the past ten to 15 years. When the Men’s Health Form launched in 1999 it revealed that the government was spending  eight times as much on women’s health as it was on men’s. Research into prostate cancer was receiving just £37,000 a year compared with £4.3m spent on research into breast cancer. And while there were 150 organisations linked to breast cancer, there was only one highlighting prostate cancer.

Male cancer is still not taken as seriously as female cancer but things are moving. A growing number of small and large charities focused on male cancer have emerged and funding into research has risen significantly. According to research from Prostate Cancer UK, now one of the big guns in UK male cancer sector, the combined government and charity spend on female cancer research is £60m a year, three times more than is spent on research into male cancers (£19.7m).

As well as the huge expansion of Prostate Cancer UK—helped in no small part by the highly successful Movember campaign imported from Australia— a number of survivor-led awareness campaigns have emerged particularly in relation to testicular cancer. As a result, male cancer survivors have become a significant, active and vibrant part of the men and boys sector in the UK today.

If you are not aware of the broad range of male cancer charities and campaigns currently operating in the UK , check out some of the links below (it’s not a complete lists, just a shapshot and if you want to share other links with us just let us know). We look forward to welcoming representatives from some of these campaigns to the Third National Conference for Men and Boys where they can both  connect which each other and find opportunities to link their work to other professionals from around the country working with men and boys in areas like fatherhood, education and men’s health.

If you are interested in tackling male cancer or any other issues facing men and boys then make sure you book your ticket for the Third National Conference for Men and Boys today.

If you know of a UK cancer project helping men and boys please email us a link and we’ll add it to this list (email:

An Invitation to People Who Think Differently About Men and Boys


An Open Invitation From The 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys

Dear Thinkers

Do you think differently about men and boys? Have you been drawn to the recent debate about “masculinity in crisis”?

If so we’d like to invite you to take part in the Thinking Men conference in Brighton this September.

The event is part of the Third National Conference for Men and Boys and will bring together some of the UK’s leading thinkers on men’s issues to explore what we have in common, how we think differently and what difference we can make by working together more effectively in the future.

We’re inviting a broad spectrum of academics, policy experts, political thinkers, media commentators, charity leaders, public sector bosses and campaigners on men’s issues to get together to think differently about men and boys.

And if there are people you think should be taking part in this conversation then we’d like you to send us your suggestions.

The day has four key elements:

  • A meeting of minds where you get the opportunity to connect with people who think about men’s issues in a similar way to you (eg people who have the same political perspective or values)
  • An opportunity to exchange ideas and information on key men’s issues such as boys’ in education, men’s health, male suicide, men and violence, fatherhood etc
  • Creative sessions where you can explore new solutions to old problems such as the changing role of men, engaging men in gender issues, making men’s issues a political issue etc
  • A time to reflect on the day, consider new opportunities and commit to take action.

We’d love you to get involved in this event  so if you’d like to take part in the Thinking Men conference on Thursday 26th September 2013 then why not take action now by:

Booking your tickets online today or getting in touch with us for more information

And whatever action you take do please free to forward this email to everyone you know who would be happy to hear about this event

Many Thanks

The Conference Team 


call: Glen Poole on 07981 334222 or David Bloodwood on 07776 001823