International Men’s Day

Fathers need to take responsibility for raising feminist sons.

For a while now I’ve been occasionally posting the same tweet, noting that its ‘International Men’s Day’ and/or ‘White History Month’.

The joke, you see, is that every day is Men’s Day and White People’s Day, lol. Those in traditional positions of power don’t need specific moment to highlight their heritage, culture and political needs.

Imagine my surprise, then, to discover that International Men’s Day is an actual thing:

Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.

The November IMD is a significant date as it interfaces the popular ‘Movember‘ charity event and also with Universal Children’s Day on Nov 20 with which IMD forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of the special relationships they share.

Noble aims indeed.  One thing that strikes me is the part about gender equality. Its not really a surprise when a father with daughters adopts feminist views – who would not want his daughter to enjoy equal rights and opportunities?

Less talked about, however, is the important idea is that fathers need to take responsibility for raising feminist sons.  That is the key battleground in my opinion, where destructive and archaic ideas of masculinity persist unchallenged.

 

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