Suicide rates in the U.S. have soared nearly 30 per cent over the last two decades, with the vast majority of those deaths being men.
The stark reality of male suicide remains one of many inconvenient truths for pink hat conspiracy theorists who worship at the altar of a vast and unknowable Patriarchy. Still many feminists refuse to take these facts lying down.
NPR, located on the soy frequency of your radio dial, is slapping back, claiming the suicide epidemic is actually cause for alarm for women.
In 2016, about 21 out of 100,000 males committed suicide compared to just six out of 100,000 females for that year. As suicide rates have increased across the board, a new study by the National Center for Health Statistics claims the rate for females has increased by 50 per cent while the group primarily effected by suicide, males, continued to rise an additional 21 per cent.
In an article published Thursday on NPR headlined, “U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men,” science reporter Rhitu Chatterjee searches for answers.
“Scientists don’t yet know the reasons behind the steeper rise in the number of girls and women taking their own lives,” Chatterjee reports.
Yet the study’s primary author, Dr. Holly Hedegaard, may have some insight for the tiny uptick in women suicides.
“For females between the ages of 45 and 64, the suicide rate increased by 60 percent,” she told NPR, referring to the age when spinsterdom typically kicks in. “That’s a pretty large increase in a relatively short period of time.”
Another possible reason for the increase? You guessed it: single motherhood.
“There’s also been a rise in the last few decades in the number of single-parent households headed by women. That means more women trying to do everything alone,” NPR reports, drawing a link between stress and suicide.
But NPR did throw men a bone, suggesting if they didn’t own so many firearms they probably wouldn’t kill themselves so often.
Speaking to a suicide prevention expert, NPR reports, “For males, pretty much from age 15 and older, the majority of the suicides [involved] firearms. We know that limiting access to lethal-means of any kind can reduce suicide.”
Coming soon from the intrepid statisticians at NPR: “One in four homeless people is female!” and “Four per cent of workplace fatalities are girls!”
Chadwick Moore is a journalist, political commentator, and editor-in-chief of DANGEROUS, currently working on his first book. He tweets at @Chadwick_Moore.