November 19 is International Men’s Day, which has the following objectives:
- Celebrate manhood and the wonderful positive and valuable contributions our men, young men, and boys make to our communities and to our societies
- Promote and Support gender equality, encouraging men to address responsibly and positively the challenges facing them in society
- Demonstrate strength of character and courage in meeting the challenges that men face in society and in contributing to building stronger and better communities, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
- Highlighting positive male role models, not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
This is a classic example of a men’s initiative that appears on first glance to be quite reasonable, but on further inspection is shown to be less so. I was about to spell out why this is the case, until I followed the link on their site to Michael Flood’s critique, which does the job just fine.