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What International Men’s Day is and Ideas to Promote Issues for Male Advocacy

International Men's Day

International Men’s Day is a global day celebrating men and boys, drawing attention to social inequalities. It is on November 19 every year and was founded in 1992 with “International Day for Men.” Every year on November 19, people celebrate International Men’s Day all over the world. The event is also celebrated with organizations around the world participating in events to mark this day.

The reason behind any celebration of International Men’s Day can be addressed by looking at male-female inequality.

For example, the social norms or rules that govern how men behave are stricter than those that govern how women have to behave. There is an idea that it is not feminine for a woman to take up some masculine jobs like construction work, while it is acceptable for men to do feminine jobs like being a nurse. This is clearly an issue of inequality between men and women as the same opportunity and choices are not available to both genders.

The idea for International Men’s Day started in South Korea when three organizations observed that there were more international days for women than those reserved for men. From this observation, they felt inspired to create a special day each year that would celebrate all things male and hopefully help bring gender equality closer together. It was named “International Men’s Day.

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Men have been disappearing from the home and society.

Men are also not encouraged to form meaningful bonds with other men. Just look around at the media; there are more women on television than men! This is clearly promoting inequality along gender lines by making it seem like only women have a place in our society. This has been that modern Western Society no longer considers masculinity as an important aspect of male identity that needs to be nurtured. There’s a great need for organizations that work towards breaking down these social constructs which promote inequality between genders so that both genders can live life without being discriminated against based on their gender roles or identity.

The precursor of International Men’s Day was started by Thomas Oasteraster, an American professor who originated “Men’s Day” on November 19, 1987, celebrated only in the United States. This day was used to promote awareness among people about men’s health issues, discrimination against men, fatherlessness, and domestic violence violence against men.

In 1994 it came to the UK through The Northern Men’s Conference held at Leeds (UK) under National Men’s Day. This conference inspired Dr. Katherine Katherine Connellanan from York University and International Men’s Day Canada to help start international awareness worldwide. In 2009 International Men’s Day, the UK was officially recognized by the House of Commons.

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#International Men’s Day Briefing

Sometimes masculinity can mask the pain; it doesn’t always protect you from harm. Some men are not allowed to show weakness or vulnerability. However, that does not mean they do not experience these feelings inside. Just because someone cannot see what’s behind the mask doesn’t mean it’s not there. Society needs to allow every person to express themselves how they feel without fear of judgment or criticism – regardless of gender!

#WhyIMD?

Some of the statistics faced by men and boys today are:

Men make up half of the suicides, yet only a quarter of all mental health problems. Men achieve less in education than women overall, but at every age from 4 upwards, more boys fail to achieve basic literacy & numeracy levels than girls. Every year 2 million Australian males experience depression or anxiety, factors associated with increased levels of suicide. One in 3 victims of family violence is male (Australian Bureau Of Statistics 2013). Male life expectancy rates have fallen significantly over the past decade and continue to fall compared to females. The main burden for why this so falls on researchers who lack funding for further investigation into this issue. In recent years men have become the largest group entering homelessness. Men make up the majority of those in prison, even though there are fewer men than women in the population as a whole. Women are more likely to survive after being injured in the armed forces – primarily because they receive better medical attention when serving on the front line. This can be attributed to gender inequality rather than a reluctance to help male soldiers lay wounded on the battlefield.

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#JoinTheConversation

For change to occur, we need everyone’s thoughts and opinions. We invite you to join our campaign by phoning or emailing your local media representatives asking them if they will support International Men’s Day this November 10th by running an article about what IMD is all about and why it is important to celebrate men and boys in our society. Not only will it help showcase positive aspects of men and boys, but it can also act as a wake-up call for gender equality issues that need addressing urgently by both government and society at large.

#ReasonsToBeCheerful

We have compiled an extensive list of reasons why we should be celebrating International Men’s Day 2021! Please read below.

#WhatIMD2021MeansToMe

I am a man – I own my identity, embrace my masculinity (and femininity) and acknowledge they’re not one or the other, but equal parts of me. My strengths come from my gender, not despite it.

#AWorldWithoutViolence

Men are traditionally seen as the breadwinners of a household and protectors of their loved ones. We need to stop viewing men as these stereotypes and celebrate them as human beings who feel, love, hurt, cry, dream and bleed, just like all women. Violence against any person is an affront to our humanity; it is never O.K…no matter what gender you are.

#NoMoreBullying

Too often, bullying goes unreported because boys fear admitting they have been made victims by those thought to be strong – even in adult life, this behavior continues with men being less likely to report it. This needs to change; bullying is never okay! Boys and men are equally valuable in our society as girls and women.

#MentalHealthMatters

As mentioned above, an increasing number of men suffer from depression or anxiety factors, which contributes to the high rate of suicide rates amongst males. There is a misperception that talking about mental health issues is a sign of weakness, but these issues affect everyone regardless of their gender, age, or background.

#FatherhoodIsGreat #HappyFathersDay

In today’s society, being a father seems to be given far less importance than it deserves – this day gets overshadowed by Mother’s Day yet, both are equally important, especially when it comes to raising our next generation. We need to celebrate the positive male role models for children and bring back being a dad as something to be proud of. Our society is becoming increasingly feminized, which has resulted in misandry on all levels across many areas, e.g., Family Court, Domestic Violence Agencies, Politics, etc.…it’s time we stand up against this kind of discrimination.

#MaleSurvivorsOfSexAbuse #MeToo

One factor contributing heavily to men not coming forward about sexual abuse or rape is the stigma surrounding mental health issues. There is a misconception that by admitting you have been abused, your masculinity will somehow be diminished. However, as we have seen in the MeToo movement, women too can be victimized, and it is time for a change! We need to help men overcome these barriers by ensuring they feel strong enough to speak up and seek professional help where necessary.

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A few years ago a Men’s Day was recognized by Parliament in South Africa.

The motion was put before the House of Lords by Baroness Thornton, who managed to get cross-party support from Minister Hazel Blears and other female MPs and opposition spokesmen such as Dan Norris.   I have a special soft spot for South Africa since one of my favorite movies is “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” filmed there.  According to the UK Telegraph, this is Lady Thornton’s motivation:

It might also be argued that we need an international day for men, following on from International Women’s Day on 8 March, to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. I am sure the noble Lord will agree that there is a need for gender equity in this debate. We still live in a society where many people believe men are better than women at just about everything – they certainly earn more and have greater power. How long will it be before we see another woman Prime Minister?

I do not think that it is true that “many people believe men are better than women at just about everything.”  In fact, in studies comparing how well people perform at specific tasks, there is almost always no difference between male and female performance (with some exceptions: cardiac care, military training).   As far as “earn more and have greater power” goes, does that not help rather than hurt the woman?  Does anyone think that if women had complete economic and political dominance over men, they would show mercy and treat them well?  Women already dominate children’s literature in which both girls and boys are depicted in a hyper-sexualized manner.

On November 19th this year, I will get together with some guys for IMD events: watching golf, drinking beer, and talking about how much we like ourselves.   The fact is that men do not need any special days or celebrations devoted to them. We are living in a society in which everyone gets an equal shot at upward mobility; where it is possible for someone born in a low-income family in Peru to become President of the United States, and for someone born in poverty in Harlem to become one of the richest artists on earth.  A society that gives everyone equal opportunity is compassionate.

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Conclusion

I understand that feminism has divided us by pitting men against women, but it does not have to be this way. Let us get together to celebrate our differences instead of pretending that there are none.  Let us focus on achieving equality between the sexes by showing respect for each other and celebrating International Men’s Day!   I hope that every man reading this takes time out from his busy day on November 19th to reflect on what he is grateful for about being male, rather than feeling diminished because others enjoy certain celebrations that men do not.  Let us take ownership of our own gender identity and stop reacting to what feminists say about us — without which they would become irrelevant to the issues facing contemporary society!   We are the vast majority, and we can create a better world for everyone.

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