After losing her boyfriend to depression, British TV and radio personality Zoe Ball opened up about her partner’s struggle to fit in a society that shuns the white male and all that he represents. Ball believes that the price for equality is too high if men end up damaged.
Ball underscored that there are more and more ‘confused’ young men that chose suicide.
Why? A lot of men I have spoken to have said it’s very confusing being a modern man. You want to be sensitive but also strong. You can’t win,
the journalist said in an interview with British columnist Sarah Vine.
Vine agrees that young males no longer know how to behave in society. They often feel persecuted even in their own homes.
For instance, if they like a woman, they do not know how to approach her in a way that does not create the illusion of offense or harassment. A thorny issue is who should pay for dinner. Some women may feel insulted in their independence. Also, if the man sends a young lady flowers, the gesture may be considered ‘sexist micro-aggression’.
Men Are Confused, Angry, and Frustrated
In other words, men are confused about their role more than ever. As a result, many get angry, frustrated or depressed. In extreme cases they kill themselves. Parents of young boys and girls can clearly see that their daughters are more confident than their sons.
Girls feel they live in an environment that empowers them, while boys feel like their gender puts them at a major disadvantage. This can be seen clearly in the statistics: in the U.K., 76 percent of suicides are men. In the U.S., 7 in ten people who committed suicide in 2015 were male.
Fewer males opt for higher education, while 88 percent of the homeless are men. In addition, men have a 37% higher risk of being killed by cancer than women. Vine believes that all these stats are a silent cry for help. In her opinion, if women can only achieve equality at the price of ‘damaged men,’ it is not worth it.
The issue has been addressed admirably by Canadian Professor Jordan B. Peterson in an interview earlier this year.
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