Carol McGiffin. The way I see it…
‘If it hadn’t been for Piers Morgan ranting on breakfast telly, I wouldn’t have known that I was writing this on International Men’s Day. I saw no coverage or publicity for any events taking place, if indeed there were any. The complete opposite to the hooha we get every year for International Women’s Day. So, thanks Piers for bringing it to our attention.
The main aim of IMD is, quite rightly, to highlight the growing and very worrying statistics about male mental health and suicide which are, of course, very serious, and awareness is important. But it’s also important that men are allowed to celebrate being men and parade their masculinity without it being labelled ‘toxic’.
Men are the only group that can still be openly ridiculed and maligned, especially if they’re middle-aged and white.
Take the news that a group of white middle-aged men had been sacked from a mega ad agency for being just that. The new female boss said she wanted to end the ‘ Mad Men’ culture within the business as she saw it.
And on the day itself, I watched Ellen DeGeneres, of all people, ‘celebrate’ it by objectifying and lusting over some famous men. It might have been tongue-in-cheek, but had it been the other way around, and a male chat show host was doing the same thing with women on International Women’s Day, there would have been hell to pay. How do women get away with it? No wonder men are confused.’
FAIRNESS WORKS BOTH WAYS