As an online journalist -- and a relatively sensible, iPhone-owning, 26-year-old member of society -- there's one question I find myself having to ask far too often: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE INTERNET?!?!
It won't shock you that March 8, International Women's Day, started off no differently.
I was scrolling through AskWomen on Reddit, looking for a story idea, when I came upon a seemingly harmless question:
It's International Women's Day. How will you mark the day?
I thought maybe I'd click in and see some inspiring, feel-good replies. Silly me. I mean, really, am I new here?
The comments turned to International Men's Day almost immediately, which later led to a whole lot of:
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Classy, everyone. Annoyed, I decided to look into this further. It took me all of five minutes to find all of the below.
First of all, yes, there is an International Men's Day.
It exists, you guys. Google it. It's November 19. I know what many of you are thinking (because I saw you tweeting it): "Every day is International Men's Day!"; "This defeats the purpose of International Women's Day!"; etc. I get it, I get it. Don't shoot the messenger, OK?
It actually stands for a good cause.
Hear me out. According to the official International Men's Day website, the day's objectives include "a focus on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models."
The same men using International Women's Day to complain about International Men's Day's supposed lack of existence are probably not going to be happy when they find out about that whole "promoting gender equality" part. But then again, those are the men who probably don't do much reading anyway.
But I digress.
International Men's Day takes place in November to coincide with the charitable initiatives of "Movember," and the website is sponsored by the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, an Australian charity with a mission to "improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, committed and loving fathers."
But people are ruining a good thing by being assh*les, obviously.
A quick Google Trends inquiry proves that people search for International Men's Day much more in March than they do in November, when it actually takes place. The majority of the peaks below are in March of years past, also known as Women's History Month, also known as the month of International Women's Day.
Some jerks are ruining it for all the nice guys out there.
Women are, unsurprisingly, pretty over the "What about us?!?" attitude.
And other men are, once again, proving they can't remember anything if women don't remind them.
So, men, here is one last reminder: You have your day, and it could actually benefit men, women and children if you'd start utilizing it. But for today, let's celebrate women and STFU about it.