International Men’s Day vs International Women’s Day

Updated 2019 03 07 6:23 pm: Appended Google Trends Compare: IMD vs IWD, Breakdown by Region.

“Woman’s work is never done,” man’s work ignored.

It appears that the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), taking place annually on March 8th, usually runs on for about a week, after which the celebrations of Marxist identity politics that favor women will gradually taper off, to settle at a somewhat higher level than they were at before the promotion of IWD was raised to a fever pitch. The annual cycle can be observed in the following graph.

IMD vs IWD, US comparison of interest

United States, Interest in IMD vs IWD, Comparison, Google Searches, 2004 to 2019

Notice that, in the United States, interest in IMD outranked interest in IWD for the first time in any month and year in November 2018, 3 : 2, respectively. 

See also: Worldwide – Compared breakdown by region

The annual changes in the extent of the level of interest in IWD are most likely a reflection of the extent of funding available for promoting women’s issues.  Funding out of tax revenues and private sources, to address an ever-increasing number of women’s issues, is substantial.  The more of it is provided, the more of an effort is being made to advertise the fact that, although women live ever longer, more comfortable lives than men, women nevertheless experience ever escalating levels of oppression by men.

“International Women’s Day (IWD), day (March 8) honouring the achievements of women and promoting women’s rights. A national holiday in numerous countries, it has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975.” —Encyclopaedia Britannica

IWD has strong socialist roots, came into existence early in the 20th Century and, as the Encyclopaedia Britannica article explains, is celebrated on March 8 each year to commemorate the role a women’s strike played in the Bolshevik Revolution.

“March 8 (February 24, Old Style), 1917, women in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia, marked the day by staging a strike to protest food shortages, poor living conditions, and World War I. This strike for “bread and peace” helped give rise to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to the abdication of Nicholas II on March 15 (March 2). In 1921 the date of the IWD was officially changed to March 8.” —Encyclopaedia Britannica

For the record, International Men’s Day (IMD) is officially and predominantly celebrated each year on November 19, but don’t look for it in the graph. People, apparently not even men, don’t have much interest in it. Keep in mind, things that can be taken safely for granted need no promotion.

It appears that the only time of the year people become interested in IMD is to look for it on the Internet when IWD gets celebrated, to determine whether there is such a thing as an IMD.

Encyclopaedia Britannica does not appear to have an entry for International Men’s Day, but Wikipedia does.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on February 7th by Thomas Oaster,[1] the project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991.[2] The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.[3] The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.[4] —Wikipedia

It remains to be seen whether November 19 will remain fixed as the day on which all people in the world will remember that men have rights, too. A universal, international consensus has not yet been firmly established.  Still, as it befits them, men’s rights are a distant second to, a close century behind, women’s rights in the progress of international social evolution. As of now, the social tradition defined four centuries ago is not that easily overcome:

“It is an amazing thing to see in our city the wife of a shoemaker, or a butcher, or a porter dressed in silk with chains of gold at the throat, with pearls and rings of good value….and then in contrast to see her husband cutting the meat, all smeared with cow’s blood, poorly dressed…. but whosoever considers this carefully will find it reasonable, because it is necessary that the lady, even if low born and humble, be draped with such clothes for her natural excellence and dignity, and the man [be] less adorned as if a slave, or a little ass, born to her service.”

— Lucrezia Marinella, Venice, Italy, 1600
The Nobility and Excellence of Women Together
With the Defects and Deficiencies of Men

Quoted on page 22 of
If Men Have All the Power How Come Women Make the Rules

Google Trends Compare: IMD vs IWD,
Worldwide Breakdown by Region

The worldwide comparison breakdown by region is remarkable on account of that, in general,

  1. In the countries of the former USSR, the interest in IMD is substantially greater than in the allegedly capitalist nations of the so-called free West, while,
  2. In the allegedly capitalist nations of the so-called free West the interest in IWD is substantially greater than in formerly or presently socialist nations.

Well, that is too bad.  That is a fine example of censorship by Google.  Perhaps I managed to find a truth that hit a nerve, and Google does not want anyone else to be able to see it for what it is.  It makes one wonder why Google Trends goes through the trouble of identifying a string of code that is helpful in seeing a new truth, and then refuses to make the connection required to display it.

Google Trends quite clearly urges visitors to its page to “Paste this into any HTML page:” (followed by the script that would, if Google so wishes, produce an interactive preview of the page).  Maybe Google should add a proviso: “If you are a men’s rights activist, don’t bother doing it, because we will refuse to make the required connection.”

Curiously, when I look at the display of the preview that Google Trend refuses to connect to on my wife’s smart phone, the embedded code for the preview works just fine, and a smarth-phone version of it is displayed. The following graphic will have to do for laptops and desk-top computers.  It is linked.  At least theoretically it should lead to the interactive screen that Google Trends had offered to make available for display at HTML web pages.

To make a long story short, 

Source: Google Trends — Source 1 (2006), Source 2 (2019)

It remains to be decided whether socialism promotes women’s rights or women’s right promote socialism.  Perhaps, when it comes to activists promoting either, they are one and the same.


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