International Men’s Day ~ November 19
It’s time for a confession: Despite my recent studies in to the men’s rights movement, International Men’s Day (IMD) was here before I heard of it. Hopefully, late is better than never. Is it possible to get on board before the “movement” is co-opted?
The messages may not always be so great, but their delivery can be amusing. After I had done more homework on the topic, another huge thing that I had overlooked was brought to my attention:
Let me start this article by letting you know (in case you didn’t) that every massive rights movement in modern American history has ultimately wound up infiltrated…
Every single one. Remember Occupy Wall Street? These things may even appear to start out organically, but at some point they get co-opted and steered by powerful people for a specific agenda. The question always becomes, “How long has this been going on?” and “What is the endgame?”
I had a bit of “Huzzah”! moment, as I shared the FB post and thought, “Ain’t it the truth? ain’t it the truth?” Moments later a post popped up asking if IMD had been co-opted. The video is below and I will add a note about it in a moment, but first it is important to be familiar with the six key pillars of International Men’s Day. Number 4 is referred to in the video.
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
- To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment
- To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
- To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
- To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential
I will be coming back to these points in future posts.
Regarding whether or not IMD has been co-opted, Paul Elam points out a recent notice of motion in Belfast Distritct Council:
Also linked in the video: Today is International Men’s Day. It can be a great feminist cause
For a quick yet thorough analysis and how this problem is a bit more pressing than it seems, I leave it to Paul Elam and ask again: Is it possible to get on board before the “movement” is co-opted?