Remember when you were a little kid and one of your friends or some kid at school had a birthday and you thought "oh, cool, it's so-and-so's birthday?" There would be cake or Rice Krispies and people would sing "Happy Birthday"... but then there'd be some other kid who was kind off in the corner sulking because it wasn't HIS birthday? Ever see that?
OK, well, that's what it's like when men start whining – and it is whining – about International Men's Day on March 8, International Women's Day. That's why people just look at them like they've thrown a tantrum and refused to have cake. That's why people give them that what-the-heck-are-you-even-talking-about look.
Birthday analogy aside, Twitter user Seán Connolly took to the power of visual data to show exactly why it's so unnecessary.
The first graph shows people searching for "International Men's Day." When does it spike?
On International's Women's Day... and then to a MUCH lesser degree on International Men's Day: November 19.
The second graph shows people searching for International Women's Day, Bet there's a big spike on Men's Day, though, right?
No. Not. At. All.
But really, it's not about "who has a holiday."
It's not even about feminism or gender or anything else.
It's actually... pretty basic.
It's about people being mature enough to simply allow others to be celebrated without acting like it somehow detracts from their life, their existence, their being.
Happy International Women's Day.
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