It's time to put men in the center of the conversation regarding serious issues that are swept under the rug.
You may not be aware but, there is something sinister looming over western males, so let me give you the facts on what's going on.
Sperm Count Dropping in Western World
According to Oxford Academics. The male sperm count has declined more than 59% from 1973 to 2011 in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
If this rate continues to decline, a prominent epidemiologist warns that half of the men in those countries would have no sperm by 2045, while many others would have a low count.
"Chemicals in our environment and other lifestyle factors in our modern age have harmed our reproductive health to the extent that, in the future, it may not be possible for most people to reproduce in the old-fashioned way," said Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
But it's not just sperm count in males that have declined; back in 2000, Paleoconservative Patrick Buchanan released a book called "The Death Of The West." Within this book, Buchanan explained many dangers arising within western societies, one of them being birth rates and how they a plummeting below the average; well, fast forward to 2021, the fertility rate has hit a record low.
The number of babies born in the U.S. hit the lowest level in more than three decades in 2019. American women are now projected to have about 1.71 children over their lifetimes, down 1% from 2018.
America's current birth rate is 0.09% below the rate of 2.1 needed to replace a generation. In contrast, the U.K.'s birthrate is 0.49%, Canada's -0.74%, Australia's -1.26%, New Zealand's -0.69%, and Europe's is approximately below 1.5%.
A 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed a "substantial" drop in U.S. men's testosterone levels since the 1980s, with average levels declining by about 1% per year.
As it stands, the average American male had a total testosterone reading of 605 nanograms per decilitre. Twenty years later and the average level has plummeted by 27 percent to just 450 nanograms per decilitre. That means the average 22-year-old man today has an average testosterone level roughly equal to that of a 67-year-old man in the year 2000.
Low-serum Testosterone has been associated with numerous age-related adverse health conditions, including abdominal obesity, diabetes, and prediabetic states (such as insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and metabolic syndrome), dyslipidemia, low bone, and muscle mass, impaired sexual function, depressed mood, frailty, and decreased quality of life.
The Male Suicide Rate
This subject is a tough one to talk about, but we mustn't shy away from it; suicides are more prominent for males in general. Unfortunately, over in the United Kingdom, the rate of male suicide has reached its highest level for two decades.
Based on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, that puts the rate of male suicides at 16.9 deaths per 100,000 - the highest since 2000.
In 2019, the male suicide rate in the U.S among those aged 25 to 44 years was 28 per 100000 population. In 2018 the suicide rate for males was 3.7 times the rate for females (22.8 and 6.2, respectively). From 1999 through 2018, the suicide rate increased 35%, from 10.5 per 100,000 to 14.2. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, in 2015, suicide was the 7th leading cause of death for all American men.
The gender difference lies in help-seeking rather than in rates of depression itself, a premise supported by consistent reports that help-seeking behaviors for mental illness are less common in men than in women even when experiencing similar levels of distress.
Gender is one of the most consistent predictors of help-seeking behavior. Research shows that men are more likely to agree that they would not seek professional therapy for depression or even seek help from their friends.
The United States Marriage Rate Has Hit a Historic New Low
The U.S. has been the bedrock of Judeo-Christian values in the west, but now, there has been a shift in traditionalism and marriage.
Studies show that adults in the U.S. are increasingly postponing marriage, and a record number of young people are projected to forego marriage altogether.
Federal data shows that the median age at first marriage is about 30 for men and 28 for women. Between 1978 and 2018, the share of adults between ages 18 and 34 who were married plummeted from 59% to 29%.
According to the latest analysis by the Pew Research Center, 41% of adults who had never been married but indicated they might in the future said "financial instability" was a primary reason they were not yet married. About a quarter said they were not "ready to settle down."
From these statistics, the west is not in good shape for men, and what ultimately hurts one gender has severe consequences for the other.
If you have suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.
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About the Author:
Lewis Brackpool is a Right-Wing political commentator, YouTuber, Co-host on the podcast "A Pint of Interest," and freedom of speech activist from England in Great Britain.