I’m usually on the ball when it comes to noting anniversaries and special days. However the significance of 19 November – International Men’s Day– slipped by me.
After a quick read of the IMD website I can sign up to the goals for the day. Those goals challenge men to become better role models and promote gender equality. Where’s the downside?
Interestingly I only happened to come across a reference to IMD courtesy of Dr Tim Stanley in the Daily Telegraph.
He has shared a 9 item tongue- in-cheek list of ‘manly, masculine and non-girlie’ ways to commemorate the day.
First item on the list is to start the morning with steak and cigarettes. I think I see what Dr S is saying about truly ‘manly’ men, as he would describe them. I suspect they aren’t the sort of fellas who would grow facial hair for Movember.
Hopefully, despite the scorn from some quarters, self-aware guys will take a chance, today or soon, to rise to the challenge and grow. Who knows, some might even be selfless and pursue long-term goals that make them better men.
- Do we really need an International Men’s Day? (telegraph.co.uk)