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

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

Mar 8, 2018, 12:03 pm*

Internet Culture

Samantha Grasso 

Samantha Grasso

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.

https://twitter.com/Rachelagain/status/971543590747983872

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.

Women's Champion: Senator Leyonhjelm

On International Women's Day many politicians make meaningless noise about women's issues. I prefer to get on with representing them. Watch this video of me asking probing questions on women's body issues, medical abortion availability, potentially unnecessary Caesarean Sections, and GST on sanitary products. #IWD #ldpau #auspol

Posted by David Leyonhjelm, former senator for the Liberal Democrats on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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

https://twitter.com/CharlotteAlter/status/971756140018241537

https://twitter.com/CharlotteAlter/status/971758671637204993

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.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political…

Posted by Danial Zahoor on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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.

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).

https://twitter.com/andizeisler/status/971779816985899008

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

https://twitter.com/andizeisler/status/971769855627137024

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

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*First Published: Mar 8, 2018, 12:01 pm