The Global Campaign for Men and Boys
Reason Two: We don’t need an International Men’s Day because it’s a man’s world
Having established that there is in fact only one day a year when it’s International Men’s Day —19th November—probably the next most common response is a variation of “why do men need a day, men have all the power”.
According to Michael Kaufman and Gary Barker at the Huffington Post: “Last time we checked, men, as a group, still run the world. Make more money. Run most governments, media, religions, armies. That sort of thing.”
Kaufman and Barker are purveyors of the popular myth that “men as a group” run the world, when 99.9% of men and women are not in positions of power and the men and women who do run the world don’t do so on behalf of men.
As Ally Fogg noted in The Independent, men in power “rarely if ever use their platforms and positions to speak up for those of their gender who are abused, neglected, left homeless, impoverished, criminalised by the society they have built.”
Writing in Telegraph Men, I provided a list of men and boys equality issues that clearly demonstrate how it really isn’t a man’s world run for “men as a group” on behalf of all men:
“We know that men in the UK are still dying four years sooner than women, on average; that 12 men each day take their own lives; that 90% of rough sleepers are men; that 95% of the prison population is male; that seven out of ten murder victims are male; that girls are outperforming boys at every stage of education; that women are a third more likely to go to university than men; that young men account for 70% of long-term youth unemployment; that male graduates are 50% more likely to be unemployed; that men in their twenties are earning less than their female peers; that 96% of people who die at work are male and that men accounted for 84% of suicides linked to the recession.”
HAVE YOU READ ALL FIVE DUMB REASONS PEOPLE GIVE FOR OPPOSING INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY? SEE THESE LINKS FOR MORE….
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