It's a man thing

Suzanne Moore says that we needn't shed any tears for the enormous numbers of men killing themselves, because other men are still running most of the country's institutions (25 October). Can she not see the link: that the increasing advantage of society's winners goes hand in hand with the increasing desperation of the losers? Has she become so diverted by the socio- babble of "laddism" that she fails to recognise that these young men are committing suicide because they are unemployed - unwanted by the economy, their communities and the opposite sex?

Moore has inadvertently exposed a fundamental misconception at the heart of much modern pseudo-feminism: that men form a monolithic class with common interests opposed to those of all women. Have we come too far down the blind alley that is the Third Way to point out that those at the bottom sometimes have interests in common and opposed to those of the top, whatever their sex?

Oliver Curry
London NW6

This article first appeared in the 01 November 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Interview - David Ramsbotham