“Men Have A Higher Rate Of Dying By Suicide” – Chimamanda Adichie – While presenting a speech at Hubspot’s 2018 Inbound Conference, award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, revealed that when it comes to dying by suicide, men have a higher rate than women.
TheCable reported that she said the situation was due to patriarchy and referred to it as both a blessing and a curse to men. She added that men are raised to suppress emotions and not to hide vulnerability or not ask for help
According to her: “Both men and women suffer from the illnesses that lead to suicide but it is men that have a much higher rate of dying by suicide.”
“Why? Because men are socialized to suppress so many human parts of themselves, men are socialized not to ask for help, men are socialized to be afraid of fear, men are socialized not to show vulnerability.”
“From the moment we tell a little boy that ‘boys don’t cry’ or we tell a hurting teenager to ‘man up’ we are creating an adult man who will be cheated of the full range of his emotions. So, while men benefit from patriarchy, they also suffer from it.”
The author also spoke about gender equality and how there is no difference between men and women. She added that women should not be given special treatment or viewed differently.
Chimamanda said: “There is nothing a woman should be because she is a woman, and there is nothing a man should be because he is a man.”
“Women are not special, women are human, women are flawed just like men… If we keep saying women are special, then we judge them at a higher and unfair standard.”
Watch her full speech below;