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Politicians blame male suicides on South Korea’s women

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In light of South Korea’s increasingly popular 4B movement – ​​a feminist way of life in which women opt out of patriarchy altogether – some politicians have taken to blaming the women of Seoul for men’s declining mental health. According to BBC On Tuesday, Seoul City Councilor Kim Ki-duck argued in a new Report that the country’s “change to a female-dominated society” may “be partially responsible for an increase in male suicide attempts.” The councilor went on to suggest that as women have joined the workforce in growing numbers, men have been left with less chance of finding a job and finding a woman to marry.

Councilor Kim reportedly came to this conclusion after starting to analyze the number of suicide attempts made along Seoul’s Han River. As published on the city council’s website, the number of suicides there had risen from 430 in 2018 to 1,035 in 2023, while the proportion of attempted suicides by men increased from 67% to 77%. Despite Kim’s confidence in the matter, suicide prevention experts said BBC that in addition to being openly misogynistic, it is “dangerous and unwise to make claims like this without sufficient evidence.” Song In Han, a professor of mental health at Yonsei University in Seoul, also noted that more men die by suicide globally than women, with suicide the leading cause of death for men under 50.

In response to BBCKim’s request for comment insisted that he “did not intend to be critical of the female-dominated society,” and was simply conveying his opinion. Despite Kim’s personal opposition, the 4B movement continues to flourish, awakening women not only in South Korea but around the world to a life absent of men.

In the US, the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline can be reached at 988 (call or text) or 988lifeline.org (chat).

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