Never one to miss scoring a political point when it comes to raising men’s issues, feminist writers this morning have launched into unsurprising and expected vitriol about whether there is a need for an “International Men’s Day” at all. They have been asking “isn’t that every day”? Once again, blinded by their own privilege and asking the wrong question(s).
This is why I largely try to keep out of political point scoring between MRAs and feminists. They are far more concerned with getting one over on each other than they are about making the world a better place for everyone. If they’re not playing “Oppression Olympics”, they are mocking and ridiculing the other.
Yet feminist viewpoints are far more mainstream than the MRA so when these sites launch into nothing but ridicule, mockery and general nastiness, nobody wins – least of all the men who need to be listened to on International Men’s Day. These feminists often claim to care about men’s issues and rarely show it.
So I am calling on you today to prove it. You can prove how much you care about men’s issues by getting behind the men in your life – fathers and brothers, boyfriends and husbands, sons, uncles and grandfathers. Feminists can do this by changing the question from “Isn’t every day men’s day?” to any of the following:
- What can I do about the unacceptable 75% rate male suicide?
- What can I do about the unacceptable number of homeless men, accounting for 6/7 of all people living on the streets?
- How can I help the silent male victims – men who suffer IPV at the hands of a woman?
- What can I do about changing attitudes towards men and boys who are sexually abused?
- How can I help male physical health such as testicular and prostate cancer?
But I suspect that many won’t because the questions above have very little impact on their own lives.