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Men still manage to make International Women’s Day about men

Men still manage to make International Women’s Day about men

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Maybe mention your mom’s accomplishments other than birthing you, eh?

Happy International Women’s Day!

Or, by the looks of the way the internet is celebrating, Happy Men Performatively Thanking Women For Birthing Them Day. Or even, Happy Capitalism Parading As Feminism Day.

Yes, International Women’s Day actually has value. It’s one of the few scheduled reminders that women—particularly women of color, trans women, non-binary people, and women in underserved communities—are still underpaid, underrepresented, and undervalued across the board.

But for many men, it’s a day to celebrate the ways in which they themselves celebrate women. Instead of, you know, focusing the spotlight on women’s accomplishments and struggles themselves.

Men are here to support women, especially the ones they’re related to.

bracing myself for a day of Facebook posts by lads thanking their mums/girlfriends for looking after them because they couldn't think of anything else that women have achieved

— Rachel (@Rachelagain) March 8, 2018

Happy #InternationalWomensDay The women in and around my life have always been my heroes. I will always be happy to support, learn from and continue to be guided by you. Your time is now. Your time is always. x

— Elliot Knight (@itselliotknight) March 8, 2018

HUMANS!!! Happy #InternationalWomensDay! I am honored to have so many empowered women in my life at home and at work. Sometimes simultaneously! #MadamSecretary #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/GPG5FDpBdy

— Tim Daly (@TimmyDaly) March 8, 2018

https://twitter.com/SpencerBoldman/status/971795851835314176

Politicians are totally down to talk about the ways they support women! Or have helped women exist! You know, instead of highlighting women’s accomplishments.

Moments ago, President @realDonaldTrump celebrated #InternationalWomensDay by touting positive economic news for the women in America's workforce. pic.twitter.com/XcjOkXS3Sa

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 8, 2018

Corporations themselves are all about supporting women, too. Or, at least, promoting the ways they say they support women.

Ah yes i forgot it’s annual Corporate Feminism Stunt Day https://t.co/HdtrlSoRsg

— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) March 8, 2018

Radical idea: if every company who did a Women’s Day “empowerment campaign” instead donated their entire March 8 profits to women candidates (in both parties, esp in state legislatures) then we’d probably have paid family leave or affordable childcare by now

— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) March 8, 2018

On International #womensday, don't use words for women like 'empower' and 'celebrate'. Use words like 'hire', 'promote', 'pay', 'raise', 'bonus', 'invest', 'fund', 'enrich' – and DO IT. #IWD #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/Z81gN8O06W

— Cindy Gallop (@cindygallop) March 8, 2018

Lots of brands encouraging me to empower myself today by buying some of their stuff. #InternationalWomensDay

— Jeanne Park (@geniepee) March 8, 2018

Men are sure to let women know that they should be happy to be the bearers of life! Because it wouldn’t be International Women’s Day without having to be cheerful at the thought of childbirth.

Or weirdly calling for men to take on the pain of childbirth themselves? Honestly, what is with y’all’s obsession with childbirth? Do people know that not all women have uteruses and that not all people with uteruses care to house a child? All I wanted was equal pay, sheesh.

Show me a guy who can handle just one day of menstruation, let alone nurture life in the stomach for nine months, and I will show you my hero. #IWD2018

— January Makamba (@JMakamba) March 8, 2018

And pleeeeenty of men are here to remind us (or convince us?) that women are doing much better than men. And, you know, ask for an International Men’s Day of their own (which already exists).

Nearly 50% of men think women are well represented in leadership even when only one in ten senior leaders is a woman. https://t.co/AB3zEoMpp4

— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) March 8, 2018

If you look at the data: life expectancy, college graduation rates, PHD's awarded, average wage for those in their 20's, likelihood to go to prison etc, women are doing extremely well in America

Why?

Because women have made good choices over last 40 yrs#InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/fbNHdOFWCU

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 8, 2018

<steps to podium, clears throat, sips water, unhinges jaw>

INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY IS NOVEMBER 19
AND GOOGLE IS FREE

— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) March 8, 2018

And that, you know, feminism is the work of Satan, as the Bishop of San Sabastian, Spain, has so accurately claimed.

"The action is being staged by women who want more recognition from men for the contribution they make in the workplace and at home. They are also demanding tougher action on domestic violence and sexual assaults against women." pic.twitter.com/tHuRSyn7oe

— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) March 8, 2018

So thank you so much, men, for giving us this one day to celebrate women.

Someone posted "Happy International Women's Day to those who celebrate!" on Facebook and I can't stop laughing.

— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) March 8, 2018

I just really want to say a humble thank you to men for giving us one day. Do you guys need anything? #InternationalWomansDay

— Wendy Molyneux (@WendyMolyneux) March 8, 2018

Samantha Grasso is an IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Or, by the looks of the way the internet is celebrating, Happy Men Performatively Thanking Women For Birthing Them Day. Or even, Happy Capitalism Parading As Feminism Day.