The best #InternationalMensDay tweets I could find

International Men’s Day is upon us! In order to honour of all the men who’ve made the world such a great place to live, I’ve compiled some of my favorite International Men’s Day tweets. Enjoy!

https://twitter.com/sarahditum/status/667292790993195008

https://twitter.com/Bigoldsupermoon/status/667333538824519681

Sorry about that last one. I have a Darryl thing…

Feel free to share your fave Men’s Day tweets or let us know how you’ll be celebrating in the comments! Me, I’ll be polishing off a vat of red wine and with my favorite lady-friends because the best way to celebrate men is without them.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Applejack

    I hear you on the Darryl thing.

  • Sally

    “the best way to celebrate men is without them. ”

    WORD LOL

    Josh Macintosh gets it. All of these tweets are amazing.

  • TheClaw

    Maybe I’ll be the recipient of some criticism for this, since this event really seems to have bothered people, but my understanding is that International Men’s Day is intended to promote gender equality and raise awareness for things like high suicide rates in men, depression, male on male violence, etcetera. It’s not Male Privilege Day and shouldn’t be mocked as such, however tempting. Feminism is in the interests of everybody, including men and boys, who are themselves victims of the fucked up gender paradigm we live with, often in catastrophic ways, and in this respect the objectives of International Men’s Day are decidedly feminist. It’s a day devoted to changing the nature of the conversation about masculinity, talking openly about men’s health, and deprogramming those who have been inundated with harmful, gender based propaganda since childhood, in the hopes of demonstrating an alternative vision of what their roles and responsibilities may look like. It’s a positive initiative that it’s easy to ridicule, but that I personally feel should be supported.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Hi MRA! *waves*

      I think you missed the point. We aren’t ‘bothered’ by International Men’s Day, we think it’s a hilarious joke.

      Thanks for the laughs.
      m

  • Meghan Murphy

    “Like” is too mild a word…

    • oneclickboedicea

      Yes, he has a strange and unfathomable fascination doesnt he? I get it totally!

  • Meghan Murphy

    International Men’s Day has nothing to do with feminism… That’s silly… It’s comparable to having, like, an International White People day.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Ok so I’ll assume that you’re disagreeing in bad faith. The issue here, in that case, seems to be a lack of understanding in terms of what the feminist movement is and what its aims are (or should be, at least.

    It is a movement towards the liberation of women from male supremacy. If successful, yes, it would result in the end of femininity AND masculinity and, therefore, benefit all of society.

    That said, the purpose of both the women’s movement and International Men’s Day is not what you say it is. This is an MRA-led event. That is to say, it is anti-feminist: https://www.facebook.com/international.mens.day/?fref=ts

    • TheClaw

      To clarify, was that a typo? Did you mean to say I was *not* disagreeing in bad faith? If so, great. If not, I’m perplexed.

      We do seem to disagree on the nature of the feminist project. I view it as a movement in pursuit of gender equality that necessarily entails an emphasis on the liberation of women, but I also think it encompasses the liberation of men and boys. I view these two objectives as inextricable. One entails the other.

      As for the purpose of International Men’s Day itself, I think there’s room for interpretation here. Obviously there is an actual, official organisation involved in this thing, and it’s appropriate to examine their motivations and statements. Having done so, there’s things to like, and things to roll one’s eyes at, which is more or less what I would expect of an international enterprise of this sort. However, the facebook link you sent me is absolutely bizarre, and contradicts the message and emphasis with which I am familiar. Many of the links on that page are absolutely MRA propaganda, all seemingly linking back to the same, obnoxious website (the offensively/hilariously named gynocentrism.com). Of course, anyone can start a community on facebook and post pretty much whatever they want, so it’s not clear to me what relationship the moderation of this page has to do with the official Mens Day organisation itself. I expect not much, but maybe I’m wrong.

      Just the same, I don’t think it actually matters a great deal. The day itself has outgrown this group. Having been around for almost two decades, it is recognised by numerous institutions and governments around the world. Whatever the value or efforts of one particular organisation, this is now a day on which subjects of gender, male-ness, positive examples of manhood, male health, and yes, the toxic male culture of violence and sexism, are discussed openly in the media and in various outlets online, such as this one, and on which governments can table conversations along similar lines. I consider that to be a worthwhile and positive occurrence, that well exceeds the reach of any official body. Like many other holidays with arguably questionable origins, I think it has merit.

      Given our disagreement about the aims of feminism more generally, this may not be a position you’re likely to agree with. For my part, I think male participation is inalienable to the feminist movement, and a publicly acknowledged occasion on which to talk about such things is perfectly valuable.

      • Meghan Murphy

        Yes typo! Sorry.

  • Tired feminist

    Feminism isn’t a “broad church”. It’s a political movement by women, for women. Feminism doesn’t have to embrace the world.

    http://www.feministcurrent.com/2015/09/11/9-things-that-really-do-make-you-a-better-feminist-than-everybody-else/

    • TheClaw

      Are you arguing that within that movement there is not diversity of opinion? Because that is what ‘broad church’ means.

      • Meghan Murphy

        Feminism is a word that means something and the feminist movement is, likewise, a thing that means something. People misunderstand what feminism is, often, but that doesn’t actually mean feminism is a ‘broad church.’

        • TheClaw

          So there’s no legitimate diversity of opinion within feminism? There’s just people who are right (you) and people who are wrong (people who disagree with you), and those people are not legitimately feminist, because you say so.

          Got it.

          You’ve very quickly abandoned your defense of open, critical discourse in favor of telling people they’re not allowed to have opinions, Meghan. That it was over something so trivial as a disagreement about whether feminism can and should be to everybody’s benefit is utterly depressing.

          • Meghan Murphy

            Hmm no… I think you’re misunderstanding me. Of course there is debate and critical discourse. Always. But there are also common, shared goals.

            Why are you so upset at the notion that the feminist movement is a definable thing?

          • TheClaw

            I’m not upset by that notion. I think it *is* definable, and that we probably mostly agree on the shared goals to which you refer. I told you what my definition of feminism is earlier in the thread, and don’t consider it to be especially controversial. What I take exception to, is that to the extent that we do disagree, you have said I’m not allowed to, on the presumption that I’m male. You have also implied that people who disagree with you are not *real* feminists. I think both of these ideas are worthy of examination and critique.

            I have not disclosed my gender, and I’m disinclined to given the way this conversation has gone so far. I regret that I told you about my abuse history, actually, given how you’ve approached this debate. That’s my business and I shouldn’t have shared it so as to demonstrate my credentials. But if I were a man, I don’t think it should matter when it comes to expressing my views. A person’s life experience, inclusive of their gender, will always be informative as to how they arrive at their opinions, but no such experience precludes the sharing of them, nor can it ever render an opinion illegitimate or unworthy of consideration. Arguments and ideas must be assessed on their merits alone. If I’m wrong to say feminism is in the interests of everybody, in as much as gender equality harms everybody, tell me how. Don’t just presume I’m a guy and tell me to sit down and shut up.

            As if to make my point, men who agree with you about the criminalization of the sex trade are frequently dismissed by the pro sex trade lobby on the very grounds that you assert: that they’re male, and they’re not allowed to have an opinion on such matters. It’s an illiberal short cut intended to silence argument.

            Even so, I’m not upset about that either. I merely disagree, and am expressing my views on the matter. 🙂

          • Meghan Murphy

            Your abuse history? I think I missed that.

            I assume you are male, not only because of your comments here, but because your email address reveals it. I find it weird that you are pretending not to be male when you are, in fact, male.

            And no, I have not said that people who disagree with ME are not ‘real feminists,’ I’m saying that feminism is definable and that, for example, those who do not understand that feminism is a movement to liberate women from patriarchy and male violence do not understand what feminism is.

            I am not opposed to men having opinions on feminism or fighting patriarchy as male allies, but I am opposed to men telling women that their movement is, in fact, for them and that, therefore they may define it as they wish.

            That is to say, I have assessed your arguments and ideas on their merits and have told you what is wrong with them. The fact that you won’t accept that tied to the fact that you are male tied to the fact that you keep saying that International Men’s Day is feminist when it is not are all interconnected problems. It’s not *just* that you are a man.

          • TheClaw

            I’m not pretending anything. I regret that I talked about my personal history and I would rather a debate of ideas. In that spirit, my position is that feminism benefits everybody, and that this is a good thing and to be pursued. I maintain that this is uncontroversial.

          • Meghan Murphy

            Ok. But wasn’t the initial point/argument over whether or not International Men’s Day was ‘feminist’?

          • TheClaw

            Sure, but it’s fair to say we’ve moved onto a broader discussion of who can think and say what when, right? I was called an MRA for thinking a day for emphasizing men’s health and the role men have to play in achieving gender equality is worthwhile (and, assuming it’s an enterprise acted on in good faith, totally consistent with feminism), and we’ve consistently run into the reeds since then, along similar lines. I’m not entirely sure how to avoid this problem, but for what it’s worth, I am by no means attempting to say feminism is ‘for men and that they may therefore define it as they wish’. I expect much of the source of our disagreement is possibly that which we are reading into between the lines.

          • marv

            “I am by no means attempting to say feminism is ‘for men and that they may therefore define it as they wish’.”

            You are backtracking here because up the thread you said,” there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever why anyone, male or female, shouldn’t disagree on the nature of feminism, or why a person’s gender should disqualify them from that conversation. My definition is contrary to yours, but so what?”

            You also stated, “….men who agree with you about the criminalization of the sex trade are frequently dismissed by the pro sex trade lobby on the very grounds that you assert: that they’re male, and they’re not allowed to have an opinion on such matters. It’s an illiberal short cut intended to silence argument.”

            Ineligible analogy. Porn and sex work are both women hating. It’s a fact not an opinion for the elite to debate. A suitable comparison would be: Canada and the United States are white male colonial countries. Anyone who tells aboriginals and people of color that this observation is one opinion, bolsters racism. Such people are unethical by expressing to the oppressed what oppression is and isn’t or by droning on about how racism hurts white people.

            Not all views have equal value or are worth stating. Silent listening is golden.

          • Meghan Murphy

            If it’s an enterprise acted on in good faith, totally consistent with feminism, than why is it run by MRAs and not feminists? And why are feminists mocking it?

          • Applejack

            Feminism is not for men. Feminism is a political movement the purpose of which is the liberation of females from patriarchal oppression. If men happen to benefit from it down the road, fine, but feminism was never meant to be and should not be “inclusive” of people with penises. It is people with penises and their hateful, violent chains that we’re trying to break free from.

      • Tired feminist

        Feminism is not a “church”. This is not a religion.

        Also, feminism does not have to be “broad” to the point of “including” everybody and anybody.

        More info on the piece I linked.

        • TheClaw

          It’s a common expression, and your pedantry is textbook derailment.

          • Meghan Murphy

            Do you find it at all troubling that you, as a man, are so perturbed by feminists disagreeing with your vision of feminism?

          • Tired feminist

            Not where I come from

            Your pedantry of assuming everyone should understand native English “common expressions” makes you sound privileged as fuck.

          • hellkell

            Yet it’s ok for you to roll your male ass in here and massively derail the conversation in order to make all about you? Oh-kay.

  • Anna B

    You do a lot of good work Meghan but unfortunately this is exactly the kind of thing that gives anti-feminists ammunition, especially endorsing that rather idiotic ‘killing’ tweet. Maybe an International Mens Day is redundant, but as it exists, I don’t think it serves our purpose to use it to be just as bad as our opponents – we should rise above that and promote the discussion of how gender definitions under patriarchy hurt men too.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I disagree that making fun of anti-feminism gives anti-feminists ammunition. Mockery is one of the best ways to deal with ridiculous people. Much more fun and less of an energy waster than arguing with them or taking them seriously imo.

  • Applejack

    That cartoon was great. Thanks for sharing the joy.

  • rosearan

    Personally, I can’t stand International Women’s Day either – being the one day of the year that the patriarchy pretends to give a shit about women.

  • Misanthropia

    This made me laugh my head off. Yes men do have their problems, but feminism should not be expected to solve all of them, because once again, it will be women doing all the emotional and political labour while men don’t do shit. If men really care about their sons, their friends, their families, then they should form a constructive movement of their own instead of shovelling all the work on to already burdened feminists. Also when have men ever gone as hard for women. Have you ever considered that? I’ve never heard a man defend me, or any other woman from sexual stereotyping or misogynist comments, but yet I as a feminist am expected to start every single conversation about men and sexism with ‘not all men’

  • will

    How about you try reading my first four paragraphs and take them seriously instead of worming around like this. You clearly are not at all ok with people disagreeing with you. You sound very immature.

  • TheClaw

    I’ll take egotist over MRA any day. 🙂

  • Tired feminist

    By refusing to accept that we don’t give a shit to your view.

  • TheClaw

    Hi Alienigena. I haven’t asked for anyone’s name or personal info, would absolutely never do so, and am conclusively not a member of the men’s rights movement, who I consider to be a bad faith, anti feminist cabal of cyberbullies. I know you don’t know me. I know it’s easy to pigeonhole people on the internet. I also expect that the reason you’ve been so quick to completely mischaracterise my intentions is because you have had plentiful experiences with men attempting a discussion of feminism in bad faith, when they are in fact concealing their antifeminist and misogynistic agenda. If you’re totally convinced in your view of me there’s likely little I can do about it. But if you want to have a conversation in which we try to arrive at some common ground, I’m willing to try. As I’ve said, I’m a feminist. Advocacy for gender equality and the rights of women is a very big part of my life. As such, while we may not agree on everything, I expect there’s a great deal on which we do agree. Would you be interested in setting presumptions and pejorative labels aside, and in the interests of clearing up any misconceptions, trying to have a conversation about these issues with me?