There’s an International Men’s Day?
Evidently there’s an “International Men’s Day.” Evidently, that day this year was Sunday, November 19.
A gas station in Covington, Louisiana took a small extra step to recognize International Men’s Day with a twist on the traditional gender indicators on public restroom signs.
According to Wikipedia International Men’s Day is about the following:
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster. The project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991. The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.
Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose 19 November to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup. Dr Teelucksingh has promoted International Men’s Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grass roots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society”
According to InternationalMensDay.com:
“Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.”
With all the “days” that recognize someone or something, it’s awfully peculiar that this one is so under-recognized such that I didn’t learn of it until Wednesday, November 22.
This appears to be the official logo/flyer of the event: