I have to admit, I first thought what a lot of left leaning people think upon first hearing about this, this morning over my morning briefing: “isn’t every day International Men’s Day?” It appears that I’m mistaken. Normally I would argue against the existence of such a day in the same vein as I would against ideas like a “white history month” or “straight pride” event, but there is a very serious argument to be made here. So, being the snarky man playing devil’s advocate, I will endeavour to justify why I support such a controversial idea and day:
Imagine that there is a group of people in your society who are less likely to do well at school: who are more likely to commit suicide (just under 5000 in the UK last year), who are constantly demonised in the media as predators. These people are expected to keep silent when harassed, bullied and even worse, raped. These people have a higher rate of being homeless and have a shorter life expectancy.
Most people I’ve met would want to stick up for these people, and yet, they exist: They’re men.
This is where I expect a few thousand of my regular readers may stop reading, but I beg you, please keep reading.
This is an issue for both anti-feminists and feminists alike: everyone on the political spectrum should and probably have a position on it, but they all should be positive. In an era of male-degrading labels given to certain types of behaviour (“mansplaining” and “manspreading” to name two), the need for #InternationalMensDay has never been higher.
Here’s some food for thought, and a nice way of wrapping this post up.
According to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably):
- 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men and 90% of rough sleepers are men
- Men are three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent and 79% of drug-related deaths occur in men
- Men make up 94% of the prison population
- Men and boys from all backgrounds have shorter life expectancies than women and girls of the same background
- Boys from all backgrounds are underperforming girls at every stage of education
- 82% of fathers want to spend more time with their families and men are more likely to report work-life conflict
- 75% of homeless people in the UK are men.
So I’m supporting this- will you?