International Men’s Day
International Men’s Day (IMD) is upon us again – it’s on 19 November in case you weren’t aware. Last year, as is usual, it passed with barely a blip on the media’s radar screen. At least, that was the case here in Australia.
Some government agencies, such as Australian Human Rights Commission, pointedly ignore IMD. You can read in this post how they refused to make mention of Men’s Day in their web site, whilst celebrating International Women’s Day with much vigor. I contacted the Commission a few weeks back to see if they had anything planned for this year, but received no response. I also did a search of their web site and turned up nothing.
I have yet to read any announcements regarding how Australian Federal and/or State/Territory governments plan to mark IMD2016, so I sent out a series of tweets seeking that information. I planned to include responses onto this page, but there were none. I also did google-searching but didn’t manage to identify a single IMD2016 event taking place in Australia. If you know of one then please contribute a comment.
The United Nations demonstrates its pervasive gynocentric bias in part through its failure to list International Men’s Day in its online calendar of events. If you disagree with this omission then contact your country’s UN representative and let them know how you feel. Details concerning Australia’s representative to the UN are provided here.
And I doubt you would be surprised to learn that feminists hugely enjoy mocking IMD. Yes indeed, and now repeat after me, “yeah, but everyday is men’s day!”
Go ahead and savor the following selection of their outrage:
Nothing happens on International Men’s Day because men don’t really care about men and/or won’t organise anything. Paid for by? With admin assistance provided by which government agency? etc
Happy International “But when is Men’s Day?” Day (8 March 2016)
Every day is Men’s Day. That is why we need Women’s Day, by Sarrah Le Marquand (7 March 2016) Australia. But, oh, look at the push-back by hundreds of readers.
Things we could celebrate on an International Men’s Day, by Ben McLeay (7 March 2016)
(You might also be interested to read my post in relation to ironic misandry)
The one ray of sunlight was the decision by the UK Parliament to convene a debate regarding men’s issues on IMD2016, mainly thanks to the dogged persistence of one man – Philip Davies. (Here is the associated parliamentary briefing paper)
Glen Poole (UK) does a great job discussing the various issues commonly raised in relation to IMD in a series of articles entitled ‘Dumb reasons why we don’t need an International Men’s Day’ … refer Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5
The most recent development seems to be feminist spokespeople acknowledging International Men’s Day, but in a very back-handed way, see for example.
The following items concerning International Men’s Day may also be of interest:
International Men’s Day – This Australian web site is by the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation
In 2018 the White Ribbon organisation in Scotland and Ireland organised events regarding men’s violence to women – on International Men’s Day (see related tweet)
Why do we even need an International Men’s Day? (18 November 2017) by David Walsh
10 reasons we should be celebrating International Men’s Day (17 November 2017)
Whilst IMD is routinely ignored by govt’s and corporates alike, one company (Citi) uses the event to tell men that they should lift their game via the hashtag #ChallengeAllMenToDoBetter (17 November 2017) Pathetic
Women’s Network tries to hijack International Men’s Day! (22 September 2017) Video. You couldn’t make this stuff up … IMD2017 event organised by women’s group behind shield of a seemingly non-existent men’s group, with proceeds to pro-feminist group that ignores male victims of domestic violence. The organiser was asked to provide details of the ‘Australian Men’s Network’ but instead chose to lock her Twitter account (@Awn001Fran). You can watch a Paul Elam video regarding this event here, and here is another quality video from The Independant Man.
If you’re against International Men’s Day, you’re not a true feminist (20 November 2016)
An open letter to feminists on International Men’s Day (19 November 2016) Video
The issues that really matter on #InternationalMensDay (19 November 2016) So let me get this right, feminists insist that the sole focus of the domestic violence debate should be on female victims because they constitute the majority. Here however the author fem-splains that the “issues that really matter” on IMD are issues affecting male minority groups not all of the nasty unwashed white CIS-HET majority.
10 reasons we should be celebrating International Men’s Day, by Glen Poole (18 November 2016)
The silent sex shouts against inequality, by Philip Davies (17 November 2016)
‘International Men’s Day’ isn’t just unnecessary – it’s dangerous (16 November 2016)
Resistance to International Men’s Day (15 November 2016) USA
Philip Davies’s men’s rights victory turned me into a blubbering wreck (4 November 2016) UK
Should feminists celebrate International Men’s Day? (1 November 2016)
Prime Minister and Government become first to endorse International Men’s Day: “A Landmark Moment” (27 October 2016) with related Reddit discussion thread here.
MP Delivers Spectacular Putdown Over International Men’s Day (27 October 2016) UK
Men rejoice: You get World Men’s Day on Nov 19 (11 March 2016) Malaysia
Male feminist tears over #InternationalMensDay (18 November 2015)
York University in the UK distances itself from proposal to mark IMD (17 November 2015), University branded “disgusting” and “shameful” over decision to cancel Men’s Day celebration, and The University of York Doesn’t Care About Male Suicide. Further developments at York here.
Townsville City Council celebrates IMD (22 November 2014)
Why Every Man and Woman Should Celebrate International Men’s Day by Glen Poole (18 November 2014)
Men too need gender equality: Activists (18 November 2014)
International Men’s Day 2014: Suicide, Rape and Paternity Leave Key Issues to Tackle by Lydia Smith (19 November 2014)
International Men’s Day: Being Co-opted? by Paul Elam (19 November 2014)
Men’s Human Rights Ireland responds to feminist censoring of IMD (2 December 2014)
International Men’s Day: What are we celebrating? (19 November 2014) I think this fellow, Michael Kimmel, really does richly deserve the title of ‘mangina‘, and most of his readers feel likewise … based on the comments here.
Here are 9 facts that show every day is International Men’s Day (19 November 2014)
Should there be an International Men’s Day? (19 November 2013)
Resistance to International Men’s Day (undated)
The Commissioner for discrimination against men (21 July 2012) It was suggested that the Australian Human Rights Commission provide some information in their web site to mark International Men’s Day (as they do every year for International Women’s Day). The response was this was not possible due to resourcing constraints. Now, many years later, there is still no mention of International Men’s Day within the AHRC web site. A truly pathetic effort from a very gender-biased organisation.
Father’s Day is Oppressive (2 September 2017) Video with 800 comments
There’s a push to rename Father’s Day “SPECIAL PERSON’S DAY” (24 August 2017)
Women’s Blog Jezebel Throws a Tantrum Over Father’s Day (18 June 2017)
Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? (15 June 2017)
Fox News: Why are feminists rallying to ban Father’s Day (19 November 2016) Video
Father’s Day ambushed (8 September 2016) NZ
In praise of fathers, mostly (17 June 2016)
Anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty uses Father’s Day to encourage positive role modelling (6 September 2015) And of course if I were to use Mother’s Day as an op to tell women to reflect on not abusing and neglecting their children, everyone would be ok with that, right?
Father’s Day Spending to Reach $12.7 Billion, According to NRF Survey (8 June 2015) Just over half of that spent on Mother’s Day
Angel Soft Commercial Feminism Viciously Attack Fathers Day Masculinity (16 June 2015) “My problem with this commercial is that if the reverse was done on mothers day, there would be a shitstorm. If both were considered acceptable, I wouldnt care at all. but they aren’t” (‘Trigunesq‘).
Feminist Fathers Day 2014 (I’m including this ghastly anti-male diatribe here sarcastically. It shows just how far some feminists want to shame men and feminise boys. As usual there are some great insights and colourful retorts amongst the readers comments).
Melanie McDonagh: Why International Women’s Day is embarrassing (11 March 2015) and related reddit mensrights discussion thread