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.
There are other perspectives on masculinity of course (to be fair, some within the Telegraph itself as the related article below shows). The Mankind Project in the UK also offers one www.uk.mkp.org
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)