Male suicides

Your headline on Kira Cochrane's column (12 March) declares that "suicide is a feminine issue". Yet, in 2004, the Samaritans reported that British men were three times more likely to die by suicide than British women.

Cochrane believes our apparent fascination with female suicides is partly a cultural response to "talented, beautiful women", who are "threatening". Could the facts suggest that our obsession also serves to cover up a (disturbingly uninteresting) truth about suicide?

Anthony Cummins

This article first appeared in the 19 March 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Trident: Why Brown went to war with Labour