Social Issues In The Virgin Suicides

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The subject of suicide is taboo in our society. Despite this fact and the efforts of society in general trying to minimize the reality of suicide, there are still people who are intrigued by the act. This intrigue could be due to the large number of people who die by suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15-24 and the 9th leading cause of death overall (Timmermans 311). The intrigue and minimization of suicide in our society contrast. When suicide is not being romanticized or hidden, there is shame and stigma surrounding it. Ignoring, romanticizing, and shaming the act of suicide is problematic because suicide is a serious social problem that needs to be addressed openly, accurately, and without judgment.…show more content…
Their story is told by boys who lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same school. It is likely that the suicides of the Lisbon girls were so intriguing to the boys because of the girls’ incredible beauty and the lives that they led. While the girls’ father was more relaxed and easygoing, their mother was restrictive and controlling. With a mother like Mrs. Lisbon, it is easy for one to come to the conclusion that the girls were aching for freedom. Given that they eventually became prisoners of their own home, it is likely that the girls were depressed and sought the only out they could…show more content…
He was trying to prevent the villainization, shaming, and stigma. Whatever his reasoning, falsifying the manner of death is a problem as there is concern in our society about the accuracy of the reporting of suicides. According to David Satcher, the US Surgeon General from 1998-2002, “it is generally accepted that not all suicides are reported as such” (Timmermans 311). Forensic pathologists work hard to ensure that death certificates have the correct manner of death despite often facing pressure from loved ones to reflect the death as an accident or in some cases, a homicide (Timmermans 322). While it is not always easy for forensic pathologists to determine manner of death due to outside pressures and inability to truly know the intent of the victim, they strive to fully analyze each case and determine whether the evidence points to a suicide or a different manner of death (Timmermans

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