Male privilege: Men, Misandry, and Suicide Rates

Male privilege: Men, Misandry, and Suicide Rates, by Thom Nickels.

I happened upon an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Miles Groth, who posited that suicide among young males is four times more common than among young females. Not only that, but suicide is now occurring at younger ages, in the early teens. With males, Dr. Groth said that one problem may be the relationship between fathers and sons, such as young males not having had a father in boyhood. He cites other issues as well, such as body image and relationships with women. “Young males are very impulsive, more than females, and they act without thinking,” he said.

Dr. Groth elaborated on this theme in a 2014 interview, in which he said that men and boys have come to hate themselves:

This is a result of the image portrayed of them and of the roles they are compelled to play, but also given what they hear about themselves and, especially as young boys, come to believe about themselves. As a result of self-hate, the suicide rate of boys and men has increased at an alarming rate over the last twenty years. It is 4-6 times higher in teenage males than in female peers. The life expectancy of males is about seven years less than for females, compared to a two-year difference a century ago. College courses that are pro-male are now necessary to offset the misandric curriculum.

“Misandry” means contempt for men, but you don’t hear that word very much these days because it has been trumped by the word “misogyny,” thanks to the antics of third-wave feminism. …

According to Dr. Groth, the rise of certain strands of feminism have devalued the essential role of men — even though a certain devaluation of men and boys has always been present in our culture. …

Today on college campuses, it’s hardly permissible even to talk about men’s issues. Men are seen as the primary advocates of sexism, as perpetrators of rape, so-called “male privilege,” and the “patriarchy.” …

There does seem to be something bizarre happening to boys and men in contemporary American society. No matter where you turn, you’ll discover another alarming statistic that points to the continued devaluation of men. Consider Dr. Groth’s statement that the number of men attending college today is at an all-time low (37% nationally). …

Much of the problem then goes back to single mother households.

But say this in front of a television audience, and you would likely cause an uprising, as Ann Coulter discovered several years ago while talking about her book Demonic on Father Albert’s show Hot Under the Collar. Furious women in the audience booed Coulter as she manifestly stated — and proved with statistics — that “[w]omen who get pregnant out of wedlock should give up their kids for adoption.”

That didn’t stop Coulter, who added: “If you were in the womb right now and if you could choose whether to be black, white, rich, poor, the one thing you should hope for as a child in the womb is: ‘My parents are married.’”