is International Men’s day and, I have to confess, I’m scheduling this
post in advance. Partly because I’ll be working on academic writing today,
but also because I sometimes
write vaguely feminist things on the internet. Because I was involved
open letter to my university. And, because of these two things, I’m expecting a backlash.
be fair, I have no means of knowing that I’ll be harassed today. But
I’ve been on social media for long enough to know that International
Men’s Day is only second to International
Women’s Day for producing a huge, misogynistic, anti-feminist backlash.
could use this post to outline how frustrated I am by the way
International Men’s Day is promoted and how it's appropriated by misogynists. About which men it speaks for. About
the men it leaves out. About the way it fails to distinguish individual
disadvantage (something that happens to a man) and structural advantage
(the power held by men as a group). And about the way that it
does very little to concretely benefit actual
But I won’t. Most likely, these sorts of articles will be published today. More to the point, both
this article and (as ever)
Rachel Moss’ post make the case more eloquently than I can. So
instead, here is a list. If you’re reading this, and you really want to make men's lives better, here are 26 ways that you can actually
‘celebrate’ International Men’s Day by making a difference
in someone’s life.
This list isn’t complete – these are just the
organisations (and issues) that I know of, and those that work in the UK. If there are any organisations or charities you think you should be added, or men who I've overlooked, let me know.
If you're concerned about the prevalence of suicide/mental health issues in men:
Although there is still a lot of discussion about what factors
influence differences in boys' and girls' educational attainment, but I don't think it's ever a bad thing to improve education.