Men, Masculinities, Gender and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Patterns and inequalities of gender make a difference to pandemics. Gender relations and gender inequalities can shape the progression of pandemics, patterns of men’s and women’s responses to them, and pandemics’ impact. In the following, we have collected commentaries on the COVID-19 pandemic and gender. Additions are welcome.

Why are more men than women dying from COVID-19, at least from preliminary data? The BMJ Global Health piece below provides a thoughtful, evidence-based commentary. Possible factors include: biological immune system differences, existing co-morbidities, higher levels of risky behaviours (smoking, drinking), and other factors.

Note: Other comprehensive collections on COVID-19 and gender can be found here (Gender and COVID-19 Working Group), here (data2x), and here (WIDE+: Feminists Transforming Economic Development).

Data on patterns of infection and death

The gendered progression and impacts of COVID-19

Men and COVID-19

Note: Newer items are at the bottom of this list. Also see XY's materials on men's health and wellbeing, including this collection of key scholarly articles. And the section on men in the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group collection.

Responses, protective and health behaviours

Domestic and sexual violence

Care, domestic work, household labour

Sexual and reproductive health