On January 21, hundreds of thousands of people marched through cities on every continent in a global campaign for women’s rights and equality.
Journalist slash TV presenter slash twitter feud-haver Piers Morgan was unhappy about this turn of events that didn’t seem to be about him in any way and so tweeted a plan – a plan to hold a men’s march against encroaching feminism and the emasculation of his ENTIRE GENDER as a result of people thinking maybe it isn’t fair that not everyone has equal rights.
It was a tweet akin to the angry clamours that arise most years on International Women’s Day demanding to know the date of International Men’s Day (November 19th). This is rarely followed by an upsurge of action from the same people on Men’s day itself, almost as if they are more concerned about tearing down a bid for equality than actually campaigning for the rights of vulnerable men.
To be fair, Piers only came up with this plan on January 21, possibly inspired by the Women’s March rather than intimidated by it, so he might appreciate some advice in these early planning stages on whose rights his march should be trying to protect.
According to a 2015 UN report, there were 1,612 murders, across 62 countries, of transgender persons between 2008 and 2014. In the US alone in 2013, there were a reported 1,402 hate crime offences (the actual figure may be higher) based on sexual-orientation, 60 percent of which were aimed at men. A recent Human Rights Watch report highlighted the bullying homosexual youths face in US schools.
The rate of suicide is also four times higher for gay youths than it is for straight youths.
Anecdotally, gay youths around the world still face the risk of being kicked out of their homes, or ostracised from their peers.
Men of Colour
The University of California released a studyfound “evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being black, unarmed, and shot by police is about 3.49 times the probability of being white, unarmed, and shot by police on average.”The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in 2014 which showed black men, on average, received longer sentences than white men for comparable crimes.
Male Victims of Sexual Assault
Male rape is both under-reported and under-researched, making definitive data difficult to come by. The FBI’s definition of rapewas not updated to include male victims until 2012 and in 2015, a study of discrepancies between assaults on male victims that were formally reported and the numbers of victim self-referrals for counselling indicated that more than 90 percent of assaults in the UK were going unreported.
Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
In the UK there are about 500,000 men living in abusive situations, but only 78 spaces available to men, and only 20 of those are for men only. Male victims are also far less likely to report abuse or feel they can even confide in non-formal sources such as friends and family.
These are just a few statistics, a few links from about an hour’s work, and it isn’t meant to be comprehensive. It doesn’t take into account the men who don’t fit the general idea of “masculinity,” or the boys who are bullied and beaten up because they like cooking, or dancing, or pink, and their peers have been taught from a young age that anything “girly” is inherently inferior and should be mocked. It doesn’t take into account the fact that boys are told not to cry, and to man up, and that emotions are a sign of weakness.
If half the people who sarcastically asked “when is International Men’s Day” on International Women’s Day actually did something to help men, to reduce toxic masculinity, even just to let their friends know they won’t be judged for being a victim, the rate of suicide in men might fall (it is currently about 3.5 times higher in men than in women.)
So if Piers organises a march for these men, this rabid feminist would be happy to march alongside them.