CALM: ‘There could be great benefit in researching the impact of testosterone reducing drugs on the rates of suicide in men.’

[Note added 29.11.16: Jane Powell, CEO of CALM, has provided a credible explanation for the text about which we raised concerns, our blog piece on the matter is here.]

I’ve written many times about the irony of CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a charity seeking to reduce the level of male suicide, being led (for the past 10 years) by Jane Powell, a radical feminist. The charity’s narratives invariably focus on the need for men to talk about their feelings more, and rarely about the state-driven stressors that lead men to suicide – denial of access to children, lack of support for male victims of domestic violence, financial destruction in the divorce courts, unemployment, and so much more.

I should be amazed if Jane Powell is not invited to give oral evidence to the Department of Health inquiry on suicide. We’ve been told it’s ‘highly unlikely’ we’ll be invited, after pointing out in our written submission that the state is the prime ‘actor’ driving men to take their lives.

Powell’s written submission to the same inquiry is here. I’d like to draw your attention to the only paragraph in section 7, ‘The need for increased research’:

Despite the evidence that the risk of suicide is disproportionate to men as a whole when compared to women, research is often gender neutral or narrowed beyond gender (e.g. by sexual orientation or age). As a result, there is no specific research carried out on men and societal and environmental factors. Broader, gender specific research could reveal hidden causes of suicide that have not yet been explored. For instance, there could be great benefit in researching the impact of testosterone reducing drugs on the rates of suicide in men, [my emphasis] however the current lens of research funding and its gender neutral approach does not provide a platform for such research.

Testosterone is, of course, the toxic hormone responsible for toxic masculinity. In the warped minds of feminists, reducing testosterone levels in men could only be a good thing. Most men do not give indications that they’re considering suicide, before carrying out the act. What would Powell suggest, you have to wonder – introducing these drugs into the water supply, so the testosterone levels of all men are reduced? Now that would be a radical feminist’s dream, wouldn’t it?

CALM is, predictably, a member organization of the recently-launched feminist-compliant Men and Boys Coalition.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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11 Responses to CALM: ‘There could be great benefit in researching the impact of testosterone reducing drugs on the rates of suicide in men.’

  1. Testosterone is a feel good hormone for men. It has nothing to do with increasing suicidal ideation.

  2. bubblyian says:

    Check the increasing levels of oestrogen in the water supply. It has the effect of reducing sperm counts in men.

    On 27 November 2016 at 20:00, Justice for Men & Boys wrote:

    > Mike Buchanan posted: “I’ve written many times about the irony of CALM – > Campaign Against Living Miserably – a charity seeking to reduce the level > of male suicide, being led (for the past 10 years) by Jane Powell, a > radical feminist. The charity’s narratives invariably focus on” >

  3. Didn’t work well for Alan Turing

  4. MacOisdealbh says:

    I think that she would prefer if we all had our testicles removed instead of our foreskins.

  5. John mws says:

    The research has been done and points out men with naturally low testosterone are more irritable, violent and generally unhappy. Giving them more testosterone is the treatment that works, not reducing it lower. .

    As for current research in use by government , it is far from general neutral. The only thing that needs reducing is the influence of radical feminists. Only they could come up with a solution that would make things worse.

  6. William Gruff says:

    The really frightening thing about this is that most men are sufficiently stupid to agree with the proposal. What, I wonder, does our ‘this is what a feminist looks like’ prime minister think of the idea.

    How much government cash does CALM receive?

  7. Paul Jackson says:

    Wow! So the answer to male suicide is chemical castration. This is downright sinister

  8. sanity2014 says:

    it doesn’t cease to amaze me to see how far and low men are willing to go to try to ‘correct’ themselves, instead of pointing out the obvious shortcomings and inadequacies of women in the workplace as well as in all other areas of life, on gentleman’s grounds..
    There is a very high price to pay for insisting on keeping up an outdated and out of place tradition.

  9. daddybones45 says:

    Testosterone makes men “men.” When men are allowed to be men, we’re fine. When we’re made to be more like women, we die. Powell knows this, I suspect. I genuinely think the ulterior motive of C.A.L.M. is ultimately to kill more men.

  10. epistemol says:

    Sometimes I am at a loss to find new adjectives to describe the contempt I reserve for those who knowingly and deliberately do grievous damage whilst pretending the opposite.

    Thus, on this occasion I shall not even try – why should I do her work for her?

    I shall simply repeat that observation I have made before, and doubtless will again,
    “Aways your enemy will come at you in disguise, for that is part of the attack”.

  11. Pingback: CALM: Clarification on the subject of testosterone-reducing drugs in relation to men committing suicide | Justice for Men & Boys

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