Award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has found out why guys have a better price of dying by means of suicide.
Giving a speech on Wednesday at Hubspot’s 2018 Inbound Conference taking area in Boston USA, Adichie revealed that men have a better idea of dying by suicide as opposed to ladies.
She attributed the state of affairs to patriarchy, which the writer says is both a blessing and a curse to guys, adding that guys are skilled to suppress emotions, now not to expose vulnerability or ask for assist.
She said: “Both women and men suffer from the ailments that result in suicide but it is guys which have a miles chance of death 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 ‘Americanah’ author also spoke on gender equality, saying there is no difference between men and women, adding that women should not be viewed differently or given special treatment.
She 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.”