I read today about a well-known head teacher who became famous for his strict running of six academies, was found dead in his home. He was struggling with depression and drink problems, and hanged himself.
Gary Vyse hit headlines a couple of years ago, when he rightly told parents that school isn’t a fashion show, and banned students from wearing heavy make-up. That seems fair enough to me. I remember girls in my high school, wearing excessive amounts of makeup. It became a competition with other girls.
Uniforms are important at school. They put children on a level playing field. For that reason, I think Vyse was right to ban makeup. But the abuse he received must have been terrible, because before he died, he told family members and friends that he felt the world wanted him to fail.
He was the chief executive of the Williamson Trust and in charge of six schools in Kent, making him one of the most important and influential leaders in education in the south of England. I can only imagine the amount of pressure on him not just to do his job right, but to fight off the feminisation of our schools.
No doubt the backlash for his makeup comments made things difficult for him, and his strict nature in an increasingly namby pamby world couldn’t have gone down well.
The man was being treated for depression with Fluoxetine, but ultimately lost his battle.
This is a pattern I’m seeing a lot. Men are falling victim to a world that hates them. In the last couple of months, I have personally known three young men from my home town who have taken their own lives. This is all too common, and the men falling victim to it are becoming younger and younger.
And there always seems to be a common theme – something anti-male. Feminised schools are demonising teachers who are tough on girls who think they are above the rules. Women are being told by screeching feminists to demand more of men, and care less about what’s fair.
Men are told to stop mansplaining, and to give up their careers in favour of positive discrimination hires. They’re told they should stop cycling because not enough women do it. They should stop enjoying sports because "toxic masculinity." They should quiet down and let diversity hires tell them what to do.
And it seems to me that it’s destroying the soul of men, and leading some to take their own lives.
Suicide is the biggest single cause of death for men under the age of 45 in the UK – and the latest statistics show that three times as many men kill themselves, than women. Every week, 84 men kill themselves.
This can’t be ignored. We cannot simply shy away from the very real possibility that the feminisation of our society is a contributing factor in men to taking their own lives. What do feminists think happens when an entire gender is told everything they do is wrong? Feminists campaign for the rights of women, but even they can’t claim that women have ever been told that they are evil.
Women didn’t have equal rights generations ago. But they weren’t told they were evil. And that’s the difference here. There’s something to be said for campaigning to maintain equal rights – a campaign that is justified in the West, when we’re increasingly faced with foreign ideologies that hate women – but something must also be done about feminism’s attack on men.
We must do more. We must say more. And we must stop an attack on masculinity that could be leading some wonderful people, who could have made positive influences on the world, to kill themselves.