Monday 20 November 2023

Zero Male Suicide. (Part Two)

We continue from where we left off yesterday.

I had an interesting question from a dear sister and friend, coming off of yesterday's introduction. She wrote, "...Are men more prone to suicides? If so, exactly why?" Though the very nature of this discussion is not to compare between the genders, I did not hold back in answering to the best of my knowledge. My answer was in the affirmative, and I postulated the following possible reasons for it.

“Pretty much at every age, women seem to survive better than men,” says Steven Austad, an international expert on aging, and chair of the biology department at the University of Alabama. His longevity database shows that all over the world and as far back as records have been kept, women outlive men by around five or six years. He describes them as being more “robust.”

According to a tally maintained by the global Gerontology Research Group, today, 43 people around the world are known to be living past the age of 110. Of these supercentenarians, 42 are women. There’s something about being a human female that was shaped by evolution. There’s a lot of mortality along the way that really can account for it,” says Adrienne Zihlman, an anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The seeming weaker and delicate exterior of women seems to be well compensated for by their robust interior. The shouting ruggedness and dexterity of the average man are humbled by its seeming less robust interior, it appears. We all need to love more on the men in our lives, and not assume they are okay. Their physical structure is hiding the shouting boy on the inside asking to be loved.

The Saint.

#zeromensuicide #happyinternationalmensday

PS. Statistics culled from The Guardian.

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