Glen Poole is the UK co-ordinator for International Men’s Day and hosts the National Conference for Men and Boys, which is held annually in Brighton & Hove. He’s also director of Helping Men which works for the public and not-for-profit sectors to improve services for men and boys in areas like health, fatherhood, education, criminal justice and social care. Our thanks to Glen for giving some exposure to the important issue of male suicide on his blog:
We wish Glen and his organization every success in the future.
In 2011 6,045 British people committed suicide. 4,552 were men (75.3%) and 1,493 women (24.7%). The highest rate was in the male age bracket 30-44. Suicide in this group accounted for more deaths than road accidents, murder and HIV/Aids combined.
Unemployment has long been a major driver of male unemployment. For every three women registered as unemployed, four men are. Almost two-thirds of public sector workers are women, yet the Equality Act (2010) permits public sector bodies to preference women over men when recruiting and promoting staff. This must be contributing to male unemployment and therefore the male suicide rate.
Feminism is killing men, in this area and others.
Last week I had an email from a fireman who explained that some years ago the physical tests which need to be passed by prospective firefighters were relaxed considerably so as to enable more women to become firefighters. He claimed to know of cases where women had been accepted into the fire service despite having failed even those less strenuous physical tests. Who can doubt that lives have been lost as a result of the actions and inactions of female firefighters who weren’t up to the job physically? It seems a very high price to pay for yet another example of feminist-inspired idiocy.