Since there’s not an entire month dedicated to it, and major sports teams/leagues don’t change their entire uniforms or wear a ribbon to raise awareness, you may not know about this… There’s an alarming rate of suicide among… white men. So alarming, the New York Times admitted it exists and is a problem.
The article characterizes this cohort of white, middle-class men as having once been masters of the universe – until they weren’t. Forced to face challenging economic conditions as a result of the 2008 economic meltdown, many felt there was no alternative but to end their lives.
It’s not just a U.S. problem. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, men die by suicide at four times the rate of women and, in Ontario, over the past 10 years, more men died from suicide than car crashes.
“Suicide is proportionately a male problem. Something is going on that is driving higher rates for men in this age range. The real question is, what’s going on at a social level and in a workplace organizational level. We don’t know,” he said.
Though of course after the facts are presented, they still try and turn it into a pro-feminist screed.
Unfortunately, in our current cultural environment, a lot of people find it tough to feel sorry for middle-aged white guys. As the Salon piece implies, such men have a branding issue and there will be no telethons or fundraisers to focus on their plight.
While they may be killing themselves at record numbers, it’s hard to reconcile this with the idea that they are somehow unfairly favoured in the workplace, since men –and largely white men – hold 95.6 per cent of all chief executive officer roles at S&P 500 companies.
Yes, you read correctly. White males are FOUR times more likely to commit suicide, yet the SJW pro-feminist crowd claim that it’s the byproduct of, you guessed it… patriarchy.
My thoughts exactly, Ralphie. Wouldn’t it stand to reason, that maybe, just maybe, men are committing suicide at FOUR times the average because they have more pressure placed on them from a pro-social-justice world than ever before?
Maybe men are killing themselves because they’re expected to support a family economically, raise children proficiently and contribute to their community proportionally, while never being called “brave,” never being given leg up through “quotas” or affirmative action and overall, generally never being appreciated. If you accomplish all of those things, congratulations, you’ve done exactly what’s been expected of you since birth. No awards or ribbons necessary. If you don’t, you’re a screw-up.
If a woman does it, break out the marching band, we’ve got a victory for the masses on our hands!
Their next paragraph exemplifies just how out of touch with reality feminists truly are:
“Women, and feminists in particular, have been saying for decades that they want men to be more open with their feelings and want men to abandon masculine ideas of rugged individualism, so it makes no sense for women to somehow be blamed when men fail to seek help…”
False. Men are perfectly fine being “open with their feelings,” provided that they’re expressed in a masculine way. Feminists don’t want that. Masculine ways of “expressing feelings” have been condemned by feminists for years. Women and particularly feminists want men to “express their feelings” in the same way women do. Women express their feelings face to face. Men do so shoulder to shoulder. It’s why two men fishing who never utter a word to each other feel just as “heard” as the two women who talk all night long.
Sports. Recreation. Lounging with the guys. Poker. The pub. Smoking a pipe by the fireplace in silence with his dog at his feet. Eating a meal made lovingly by his wife with unwavering gratitude.
This is precisely how men express themselves. This is exactly the kind of self-expression misunderstood, if not outright condemned by the butch-cutted, feminist chain-gang who put that article together
On top of that, the latest social justice warriors will demand that said men be guilted into “checking their privilege” and taking mandatory “cultural and/or gender sensitivity training.” On top of that, they’ll bombard you with false myths like the “gender pay gap” and “rape culture.” White men are forced to see themselves as monsters simply because of the lack of melanin in their penis.
But we’re a privileged bunch. Privileged enough to make up 90% of work-related deaths and enjoy a suicide rate 400% higher than the general female populous. Drink it in, boys! Your white, male privilege is showing.