Females are taught to beleive that physical appearance is more important than anything else. This, in turn, leads to increased eating disorders among females.
Likewise, females are taught that jobs involving science are inappropriate for them. As a consequence, fields such as engineering appeal much more to men than they do to women, etc.
Also, women, on average, get paid less than men do. Unfortuantely, as no studies were cited, I can't really go into specifics on that.
However, what about the plight of men? Why is it that it's a bad thing when women don't enroll in engineering, yet it isn't a bad thing when men don't enroll in nursing? The lesson one takes home from this is that engineering is a better field than nursing, that women can be just as good at engineering as they are at nursing, and that you're not a "real" man if you enroll in nursing. So why not mention that when discussing gender issues?
Or why not mention the fact that "real" men also don't ask for help? To provide a few quotes from this article...
“What we’ve found is that traditional notions of masculinity and traditional male gender roles can be quite harmful to men,”
“Although many more men than women commit suicide, for example,” says Rochlen, “we’re still seeing that most patients who are getting mental health services are women. With both physical and mental health services, men are just more resistant to getting care.”
“Men may not be willing to acknowledge that what they’re feeling is sadness and they may tend to cope in destructive ways—what you’re seeing may not look like sadness, but that’s the root.”
Perhapes the appropriate conclusion to be drawn from this is that a dead man is better than a skinny woman.
Also, solving the problems of men would go along way towards solving the problems of women. Take the fact that women tend to do more housework than men and consider the following quote (from my sociology courses course packet):
Of the men who earned more than their wives, 21 percent shared housework. Of the men who earned about the same, 30 percent. But among men who earned less than their wives, none shared.
Also consider that one of the symptoms of depression is, as the previously linked to site stated, "fatigue or loss of energy". When women get paid more than men, women do all the housework because the men are depressed. As such, if you put an end to male depression, you'll get males more willing to help out around the house. In this way, focusing on the plight of males benifits women just as much so as focusing on the plight of females does.
Now take violence against women. That seems to me to be just another symptom of depression - specifically "Noticeable agitation or slowness."
Ultimately, I suppose this lack of coverage is, itself, testament to the plight of men - to the whole "they're on their own" mantra. Of course, it is ironic that that in a class where students are frequently asked to break social norms that professors, themselves, perpetuate social norms.
EDIT: Sociology professors aren't the only ones who are guilty of ignoring the plight of men. Consider the following quote from "The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender":
There is no disputing that American girls must struggle with all their might to feel good about themselves once they start having women's bodies.
Sadly, I think this quote is well representative of the text which presumes to discuss gender issues when, in reality, it fixates on feminist issues.