Robin Williams – A Tragedy for All
“Ah, Yes. Divorce. From the Latin word for ripping out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”
– Robin Williams
This is the Author’s third part in a series of articles on male suicide.
Robin Williams typifies the men who are most likely to fall victim to male suicide in our culture.
Robin contributed much to our Culture. He helped define our self-awareness and consciousness for over forty years. His sense of humor, and his comic delivery delighted hundreds of millions of people all around the world.
On August 11, 2014, Robin, at age 63, ended his life by hanging himself. He was alone when he decided to die rather than face the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that confronted him.
In this third part, we are going to take a look at some of the facts of Robin’s death that are common among men committing suicide.
Enforced Isolation – Relentless Institutional Misandry
From police accounts, and the autopsy, we know that Robin was suffering from a common (but often mis-diagnosed) illness known as “Lewy Body Dementia.”
Lewy Body Dementia or [“LBD” for short] is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s. It affects about 1.3 million Americans. It is more common in men, than women.
LBD causes a progressive decline in a man’s mental functions, and, often is accompanied by Parkinson’s type symptoms of muscle rigidity and loss of muscular control.
The result of this illness, in Robin, was that it became very, very stressful for him to do his work. There is really no serious government funding to assist men in overcoming the difficulties associated with this illness. Most medical research in the US is devoted to solving women’s health issues.
Friends report that before he committed suicide, Robin was mentioning to everyone that he was having serious financial difficulties. It is easy to understand why he was having financial difficulties. Biased family court judges had ordered him to pay over $30,000,000 to his former wives so that they could live in luxury. This type of oppression against men, in divorce, is euphemistically called giving the ex-wives “a life to which they are accustomed.”
This oppressive seizure of men’s assets, to provide lives of luxury for ex-wives, is a medieval practice that has never seen reform in modern law.
The result of having to pay huge sums of money to his ex-wives was that Robin was taking jobs for low-budget sequels to his previous movies. These sequels were low-quality substitutes for the original movies, and, represented an insult to his career, his accomplishments and his skill and talents as an actor.
The pinnacle insult to his self esteem and acting career came when he was forced, to pay for his former wives’ luxuries, to take a television series engagement. The shows failed, and, on top of other pressures, he was unable to recover from the shock of the failure.
The financial stresses caused by the demands of his former wives made him vulnerable to clinical depression. This combined with the stress, anxiety and depression he was suffering, by having to work while suffering an illness that was crippling his talents, fueled severe depression, anxiety and hopelessness in Robin.
There is no evidence that any of his former wives made any responsible efforts to support him in these trying times. Far from it, Robin had been isolated from his immediate family support, and his children, by his former wives.
He was facing bankruptcy. He had court ordered commitments he could not meet. He was losing his life’s work to an illness. He was a middle-aged white man, suffering severe depression, and, he was alone. He was typical of the men who are leaving us through suicide because he could find no way out, and, no help from others who had taken advantage of his life and earnings.
A Man of our Times
Although Robin was atypical of modern men in so far as he possessed great talent and success, Robin was typical of the victims of our culture’s hatred and neglect of men, and, its refusal to grant support to men who are struggling.
Much of the hatred, and oppression, of men in our culture that drives men to suicide is subtle and unrecognized. In our culture, we drive men to depression and often suicide, in a myriad of ways that arise as much, or more, from what our culture refuses to do for men that could help them, and, prevent them from suffering the helplessness, and hopelessness, of lives decimated from a system that is unfair, and which places impossible burdens on men simply because of their gender.
In the Fourth and final part of this series, we will explore some of the other misandry in our culture that is routinely driving men to hopelessness, despair and suicide.
About the Author:
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John Davis (1953 – ) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated at Case Western Reserve University (BA) (one of the top ten universities in the United States), Seattle University School of Law (JD), and, New York University School of Law (LL.M post-doctoral) (one of the top ten law schools in the United States). John is fluent in seven languages (including ancient Latin and Greek). He has travelled the world over, many times, and has represented clients, in his thirty-five year career, such as the United States Government and the Federation of Russia.
He has been a prosecutor three times in his 35 year career. He has held positions such as Assistant Attorney General, United States Speaker, and Assistant District Attorney, Chief Wing JAG, U. S. Air Force Auxiliary, and Supreme Court Law Clerk.
For most of his career in civil law, John was a successful international lawyer, practicing in many nations around the world.
John has authored the following MRA books:
 Bacheloris Artis, Case Western Reserve University 1975; Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law 1981; Legis Magister, New York University School of Law 1984.
 “Robin Williams death: Police Confirm Suicide.” British Broadcasting Corporation, August 13, 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28765693
 “LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOCIATION ASKS MEN TO “RETHINK” FITNESS — MENTAL FITNESS — DURING MEN’S HEALTH WEEK,” June 11, 2014. https://www.lbda.org/content/lewy-body-dementia-assoc-asks-men-%E2%80%9Crethink%E2%80%9D-fitness-mental-fitness-during-men%E2%80%99s-health-week
 If we were to give divorced men the same benefits of marriage, so that they could continue having the life “to which they were accustomed” during the marriage, one wonders if courts should be compelled to order the ex-wife to provide sex and comity to the divorced man, for the rest of his life, in addition to ordering the husband to pay money to the ex-wife.