Sunday 15 December 2019

Ian O'Doherty: 'International Men's Day: it's just the latest attack on women!'

Ian O'Doherty
Ian O'Doherty
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It was International Men's Day last Tuesday and it passed without anyone really noticing, which is fine.

In fact, I only discovered it was International Men's Day because a human who identifies as female - which is apparently the correct way of describing women these days - started giving out about it on the telly. It seems a strange thing to care about one way or the other, and an even stranger thing to be annoyed by. After all, everyone now seems to have their own special day so I suppose it's only fair that blokes get one as well.

But why were some women so bent out of shape?

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A letter in the Indo summed up this weird resentment perfectly: "Men - and straight, white men in particular - are among the most privileged class of person in the world. The celebration of an International Men's Day diminishes the struggle for equality represented by Women's Day and echoes other 'backlash', right-wing type movements such as White Lives Matter."

Really? I did get a laugh out of the old cliché of "straight white men" having all the privilege, which will certainly come as a surprise to those straight white men who are poor, or unemployed or homeless. Let's be honest - class is the deciding factor in whether you have 'privilege' or not.

A middle-class, college-educated woman who went to a good school enjoys immeasurably more advantages than a working-class bloke who is struggling to keep his head above water.

But in the paranoid world of the professionally disgruntled, class is seldom mentioned - usually because the people who tend to whine about Men's Day are... middle-class, college-educated women who went to good schools.

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