Stop Moaning About The Lack Of ‘International Men’s Day’, There Already Is One

Today is International Women's Day, a day for everyone (yes, everyone!) to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to promote gender equality.

Yes, it's a whole day where we all cheer on the progress of women internationally and campaign against gender discrimination.

However, this doesn't sit right with certain people (let's face it, certain men) who think that having a WHOLE DAY for women is unfair on them somehow.

Yes, the hashtag #InternationalMensDay has been trending on Twitter and searching it is a truly morale-destroying experience. It's just tweet after tweet of men asking why THEY can't have a day as well.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Outside of the fact that these people can't just be happy that an unfairly discriminated against group of society have a day, they also obviously have no idea how to use Google. There is already an International Men's Day and it's on November 19th.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Let's get this straight, this is like seeing your friend enjoying their birthday and saying "yeah, but when's my birthday?" - You already had your birthday and you got so drunk you didn't even get into the club and smashed your bathroom up.

They are complaining at what they see as a lack of equality whilst failing to understand what equality is. The kind of equality these guys are talking about would suggest that if your mate has a cake and you don't have one they are in some way discriminating against you. You can have cake later! Let them finish theirs!

Also, apparently when #InternationalMensDay rolls around, they aren't even interested. The day is there to promote men's health and wellbeing, primarily, yet nearly half of the yearly tweets about it occur on the days immediately around International Women's Day. Coincidence? Sadly not.

Luckily, not all men are acting up. Comedian Richard Herring spends most of his International Women's Day personally responsing to the guys who ask when the male version is. He has also used it as an opportunity to raise money for Refuge, a charity that supports victims of domestic abuse of all genders.

His JustGiving page reads: "I think some of them think that there wouldn't be an International Men's Day. But there is one. It's on November 19th.

"I do this so that everyone else can get on with celebrating International Women's Day and using it to raise awareness of the issues that affect women. And trying to achieve equality..."

He continues: "I am not denigrating the people who use IMD to raise awareness. I can't think of anyone who does more to inform people that this day exists. On November 19th.

"But if you think about it equality works both ways. So if you think men don't get equality in some areas, then striving for equality will help them too."

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Credit: Twitter

And there is so much to celebrate on IWD this year as well.

We've seen the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements dominate discussions in film and music; we're celebrating 100 years since the suffragette movement won the vote for women in the UK, and in Saudi Arabia - now, this is really ridiculous - women have finally been allowed to drive cars for the very first time.

These are baby steps in the right direction, though. The day is also about campaigning for more progress. The gender pay gap still exists across the world, and there is a long way to go before women are truly equal on all fronts.

Cfredit: Twitter
Cfredit: Twitter

So, instead of being really tedious and churlish, maybe just start off by showing a bit of love and respect to the women in your life instead of being a dick.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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