Macho Culture, Macho Killer?

by gabriel_heuvelink on March 31, 2014 - 1:06pm

The article " Viewpoint: Is macho culture causing young men to take their own lives?" by Jonny Benjamin explores how the author's personal experience with suicidal thoughts and how he nearly took his own life, but was saved by a stranger and how this problem is still prevalent in society. Benjamin recounts his own experience, then brings up some statistics to prove that he is not alone, stating that in the past 30 years, the number of females taking their own lives has nearly halfed, whereas the number of males taking their own life has increased. He explains this rise in male suicidal thoughts by stating that society controls how men should act. He says that he read an article entitled "How to be a man, by a woman" and that this article advised men to "go out, earn some money, come back and look after the children. Men should be men." This idea is echoed in the dictionary, synonymising manliness with words such as robustness and toughness. Benjamin suggests that the way to prevent this effect is to act within the education system, saying that physical education has always been p[art of the curriculum, and so should mental health education. Banjamin finishes the article by using another statistic, that 4590 males took their lives in 2012, and that suicide is the leading cause of death in men between 20 and 49 years old in the U.K, also encouraging readers to stop makingn this subject a taboo and to talk about it. 

Link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26543095

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