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Today is International Women’s Day, but a significant portion of the (male) population apparently has something else on their mind: International Men’s Day. As it turns out, searches for International Men’s Day traditionally spike higher today than they do on the holiday itself.
The phenomenon was noted by Upworthy’s Parker Molloy, who checked out Google Trends and noticed searches for International Men’s Day generally reach their peak each March. In comparison, she found the internet googles International Men’s Day significantly less when the actual holiday, Nov. 19, comes around.
Google searches for “International Men’s Day” are higher on International Women’s Day than they are *on* International Men’s Day. (Those spikes are March of each year) pic.twitter.com/xG96H5KJnX
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 8, 2018
A look at Google Trends shows this is the case. While searches for International Women’s Day far outnumbered searches for International Men’s Day each March 8, International Men’s Day does generally trend the hardest in March. However, Google searches for International Women’s Day never rise significantly on International Men’s Day. This suggests that on a day dedicated entirely to women, many internet users are more concerned about how it impacts men.
For those unfamiliar, International Men’s Day is celebrated every November as an opportunity to promote male role models, combat gender stereotypes, and tackle gender equality issues that specifically affect men. As no surprise, the holiday has come under fire in recent years after men’s rights activists used it as a means to spread the toxic leanings of their own movement.
Ana Valens is an LGBTQ reporter and essayist for the Daily Dot. Her work has previously appeared in Bitch, the Establishment, Vice's Waypoint, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.