The Global Campaign for Men and Boys
Last week was International Men’s Day, Glen Poole reveals some of the common (and generally dumb and stupid) objections that people have to there being a day to focus on improving men and boys lives around the world.
Not surprisingly, the reasons that people give for being against International Men’s Day, are similar to some of the reasons people have for not supporting work to address men’s issues in general. Because of this, International Men’s Day (19th November) brings some of these views to the surface and helps us to discover where the general debate on men and equality has got to.
If you want to jump straight to one particular reason they are all listed and linked below. We don’t need an International Men’s Day because:
Reason One: We don’t need an International Men’s Day because everyday’s International Men’s Day
Every International Men’s Day you can guarantee you will hear the phrase “Isn’t every day International Men’s Day?” more often that you hear people say “Happy International Men’s Day”. This year the Daily Mirror made a headline of the “joke”—saying “blokes already dominate the other 364 days of the year” while the Huffington Post ran with “when 365 days just aren’t enough”
As Ally Fogg said in his comment piece in The Independent (those who mock today are mocking victims of a viciously gendered society):
“The single most common reaction to International Men’s Day among my friends on the political left is always some variation on ‘I thought every day was International Men’s Day?’” he said.
In my own piece in The Guardian I gave a list of just some of the reasons why we need initiatives like International Men’s Day to help us focus on men and boys issues:
“We know that in 99% of countries men die sooner than women; that men are at greater risk of suicide than women; that in nearly 100 countries girls are outperforming boys in school; that men and boys account for more than 80% of violent deaths worldwide every year and that fathers all over the globe are less involved in raising their children than mothers for all sorts of personal, cultural and political reasons.”
HAVE YOU READ ALL FIVE DUMB REASONS PEOPLE GIVE FOR OPPOSING INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY? SEE THESE LINKS FOR MORE….
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