Listen up, ladies. We need to have a long talk about equality of the sexes. One day a year, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a hallowed day, with a long history of empowerment. It started 100 years ago, at the beginning of the Russian revolution in 1917. But, it is also a problematic event. From the half of a Wikipedia article I read, it seems that I am not the only critic of the day. You see, many times in life I find myself asking the same crucial question: “Yes, but what about men?” And I mean it – yes, women are important, but what about men? And that is the real problem with international women’s day – it does nothing for men.
So, I think what we really need to talk about is International Men’s Day. Now, I did absolutely no research on the topic before writing this. In fact, I didn’t even check to see if there already is an International Men’s Day. Based on my research, I came up with this important question: Why is there no International Men’s Day? Women get an International Women’s Day, but men don’t get their own day of celebration? Say goodbye to men’s rights, because the equality train has left the station (choo choo).
We definitely need an International Men’s Day. Men have played a role in society for as long as humanity has existed – even when that role has gone untold. While women got to stay at home and take care of the kids, men had to go fight wars and farm fields and really do all the hard work – talk about unfair! Men had to make all the decisions – and some of them weren’t so easy to make. When you look at history like this, suddenly men are the unsung heroes! This brings me back to my main point: Men have done so much for this world – and they’ve done such a great job! For example, the fact that we didn’t all die in a nuclear apocalypse during the cold war is a testament to the courage, skill, and general aplomb of men around the world. Bravo, man!
Looking at how much men have done for this world, it is obvious that an International Men’s Day is necessary. But why stop at one International Men’s Day? I think we should celebrate men every day. Well, except for March 8th – because it would be unfair to overshadow women on International Women’s Day. That is not the goal here – I do not want to undersell the contributions of women in life, in society, and in all of history. Women are an integral part of our world and that should not be ignored on March 8th. But on all other days of the year, I really think men should be celebrated.
Now, I think it is important to acknowledge that one day is not enough to talk about women’s accomplishments either. International Women’s Day does so much for women, but there is always more that can be done. So, I suggest that while we celebrate International Men’s day on 364 of the 365 days in a regular year, to keep things equal we also let women celebrate International Women’s Day on February 29th, the leap year. So, in a sense women can get a day and a quarter each year. I think that’s more than fair – but women totally deserve the extra bit of celebration!
This week, take a moment to think about men, just this once. Think about their underrepresentation in Hollywood, the way they are paid less for the same jobs, the way they deal with constant double standards in all walks of life, and the hard work they do to fight this every day. Men should be celebrated for the challenges they face, the work they do, and for their triumphs – and that should happen 364 days a year.
And while we’re doing this, maybe we can celebrate my birthday every day too.