Dozens of councils, universities, police forces and fire services have developed ‘male menopause’ policies, a Mail audit has revealed, sparking anger from women’s rights group and fresh concerns about shirking and inefficiency among public employees.
In what critics described as a “further erosion of women’s rights”, a string of public bodies have drawn up ‘woke’ protocols that insist “men may also experience menopause symptoms”.
Many recommend offering special treatment to help middle-aged men cope with everything from poor sleep to mood swings.
Guidelines issued to managers include letting sufferers work from home or start late, with employers warned that the effects from falling testosterone levels can last “for up to 20 years”.
The Mail’s audit found widespread inclusion of men in menopause guidelines for public employers – even though the male menopause is not a clinically recognised condition.
Recommendations include letting firefighters swap shifts or “work from home on an ad hoc basis if they’ve had a rough night”.
Police forces in the U.K. and Ireland are being encouraged to adopt “agile and flexible” working practices to “help, support, and guide all officers” dealing with menopause, regardless of gender.
Meanwhile, several councils and numerous universities have adopted their own male menopause policies, which critics say are leaving women fighting for “ownership of something which is biologically female”.
Caroline ffiske, from campaign group Conservatives For Women, said the wokery undid “years of fighting for menopause recognition”.
She said: “It’s absolutely ludicrous to take the female menopause and extend that concept to men.
“Women can’t have anything of their own. They can’t have their own spaces, they can’t have their own words and now they can’t even have their own recognition of their bodily differences.
“It’s absurd and insulting to women that we now have to fight for our illnesses and conditions and further erosion of women’s rights.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service is reportedly allowing men to take up to a year’s paid leave if they are ill.
There is no legal obligation for organisations to publish menopause policies, so this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, the Mail adds.
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