See, you fight for this nebulous concept, “equality.” And the fight becomes real, it gains momentum. It perpetuates and spawns this elusive equality. The movement lays waste to tradition and to collective social history. Over several generations, strengthened by rapidly evolving digital technology and the shrinking of our cultural space-time, women become more free, more equal, than ever. So free, in fact, that they surpass men in many key measures of concomitant success.
The thing is…women are evolutionarily unequipped to handle such unbridled power and associative liberties. The innate nature of woman to suffer and wallow in cathartic, obsessive unhappiness, is unleashed, and thanks to their newly-granted equality and self-directed autonomy, is no longer constrained by propriety and the cultural “father figure” which protected women from themselves in archaic society; benevolent restrictions and superficial inequalities which kept women happy and fulfilled are purged from memory and vilified.
Now they are “happier,” right?
According to the latest study from NHS Digital, more than a quarter (26%) of young women aged 16 to 24 are suffering worrying symptoms – more than three times the rate for men the same age (9%).
And around a quarter of young women have self-harmed – most commonly by cutting themselves – compared to just 10% of men the same age.
In 1993 young women were twice as likely as young men to exhibit common mental health disorder (CMD) symptoms. Now, they are three times more likely to experience them.
CMD symptoms include irritability, worrying, depression, anxiety, feelings of panic, compulsion and trouble sleeping.
The study, which looked at responses from 7,500 people, also found that young women are the most likely to drink at hazardous levels compared to women of other age groups, and they have high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sally McManus, the study’s lead author, says that social media and the pursuit of ‘perfection’ could be fuelling the rise in anxiety and depression in young women.
‘This is the context they are coming into and it warrants further investigation,’ she added.
What if you found equality but lacked the tools to wield it peaceably?