Today is National Man Day 2009! The need to have such a day is apparently a backlash to men feeling emasculated by the feminist movement of the last couple of decades. Read about it below and see some photos and a video.
Why do men need a National Man Day? I mean, what’s not to like about men? They might not be the most sensitive creatures on earth, but do we really want them to be? No, I don’t think so. Some women THINK they do. They think they want men to feel their pain and act like women. We learned that from the women’s movement of the 1970s and on. The problem is, once we get the men all mushy and girlie inside, we don’t like them any more. That’s why movie characters like Gerald Butler in 300 or Russell Crowe in Gladiator are so popular. They epitomize what we love about men. We like characters like Jack Bauer in 24 and just love the imaginary perfect American Soldier in uniform (or out of it).
I’ve written a bit in the past about how the feminist movement has affected the lives of everyday women, like myself and the men in our lives. It has seemed to me, over the years, that it has devalued femininity and masculinity at the same time. The lines between the two have been so blurred that neither is allowed to appreciate what each has to offer in relationships, the workplace and the world in general.
I’ve also written about what I perceive to be real masculinity. That would be men who value and possess strength, honor, integrity, compassion, duty and courage. Incidentally, those characteristics exhibited by the characters in television shows and movies that we love to watch. Oh, and they can kick your ass if you mess with their loved ones.
So the Longanecker brothers of Indiana started a movement on Facebook naming June 15 as National Man Day. They say its a day for doing manly things. Their list goes like this:
- being left alone by your woman (no chores, no telling you to be home by dinner time, no helping with the kids, and no “honey do” lists!)
- sitting in your favorite chair and scratching yourself
- shooting stuff or blowing something up
- shooting animals
- eat a steak
- watch Rocky movies all day
- punching someone in the face
Of course, people who have bought into the feminist movement single out that part of the list and call them childish and disgusting.
More of the list includes things like:
- Be a good father
- Be responsible for your actions
- Eat an 18 oz. steak
- Get your wife some flowers
How can you argue with that?
Women’s groups seem to view this whole thing as misogynistic. I’m not sure what eating steak has to do with being misogynistic, but hey, think what you will. Okay, some things on the list are a little childish, but that’s not the point.
The point is that you don’t have to devalue men in order to be valued as a woman. That’s a point that the feminist seem to miss altogether.
Here is their Facebook event page.
Happy Man Day 2009 to all the wonderful manly men in our lives!
National Man Day 2009 – Video
National Man Day 2009 – Video