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”.