I'm curious to read anybody's views on how gender and being suicidal are related. Both men and women have unique problems based on their biology and the roles society expects them to fulfill. Women are said to talk about being suicidal more than men, but men are by far more likely to go through with it. Women are more likely to use pills or cutting, men are more likely to use violent and instant means. Women have the pressure of being the primary caregiver in families, working AND doing the housework/shopping, etc., being viewed and used as sex objects, having their worth tied to their looks and bodies, being seen as weaker and more emotional and jealous and irrational, competition from other females. Men (who I obviously know more about because I am one) are expected to be strong, powerful, rich, in control of all situations, dependent on no one but themselves. They can't talk about their emotions, they don't bond as well with others, can't show pain, can't show fear, can't show weakness, have to "take it like a man". Have to be the ones initiating and driving a relationship, have to be dominant and outgoing, are assumed to want to fuck everything in sight and as a result get viewed as dangerous, heartless and predatory. Obviously both sexes have it rough and I'm not arguing that either has it better or worse than the other. The problems are unique and can't really be compared. However, women seem to socialize better and as a result are more likely to have a network of people to rely on, while men are more isolated and feel seeking help is viewed as weakness. Some of this may account for the disparity in suicides between men and women. Feel free to add any thoughts.