Why should I worry about male suicides, says 24-year-old feminist writer Chidera Eggerue

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in March 2019:

Chidera Eggerue, a men-hating, vacuous, narcissistic, blithering idiot… and feminist. But I repeat myself.

piece in today’s Times:

A feminist author has come under fire for saying male suicide was not her concern and that men were simply “choking on the system they created”.

Chidera Eggerue, a 24-year-old campaigner who writes under the name The Slumflower, said she did not have “time to theorise” on why so many men killed themselves after being told by an audience member at a talk she was giving that “some young men have it so hard”.

Eggerue, a former guest editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, is known for writing the bestselling self-help book What A Time To Be Alone. She has almost 300,000 followers on social media. [J4MB emphasis]

She wrote: “After my talk today, a white woman [J4MB: A white woman? Did she not check her two privileges?] came to me crying telling me she agrees with my views but some young men have it so hard.” When a follower replied: “I guess she was talking about the huge and growing number of male suicides, which is an issue that needs addressing badly”, Eggerue posted a series of tweets in response. “Until young men are being married off at the age of six and having acid thrown in their faces for declining sexual advances, you can’t change my mind,” she said.

She added: “Men are murdering us and abusing children and you think I have time to theorise on why they can’t cry? Women can’t even go for walks at night because of men murdering us and you want me to spend my time theorising on why men can’t cry? Not me hun so sorry!

“I don’t have time to think about the reasons why the system you created at my expense to benefit you is now choking you. If men are committing suicide because they can’t cry, how’s it my concern?” She also said: “People want me to focus on men’s mental health and I’m sorry sweetie, it just isn’t me.”

Male suicide is the single biggest cause of death for men under the age of 45 in the UK. Critics accused Eggerue of cruelty and a lack of empathy, while others supported her point that not every discussion about the challenges facing women needed to also take into account the different problems facing men.

Her comments were branded “appalling” online by some of her followers. One said: “Chidera, your comment about male suicide was absolutely appalling, and likely hugely triggering for many of your followers. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Jonny Benjamin, a mental health campaigner, said he was “shocked and saddened” by the tweets. “Figures show that 75 per cent of all suicides are men so this is an extremely damaging comment to make,” he said. “If you’re a male under 50 living in the UK the most likely thing to kill you is not a road accident, heart attack or cancer, but suicide. Comments like this could potentially stop men coming forward if they are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings.”

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