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Men have Movember. So, come on women, what have we got?
Well, apparently we've got whining and self-pity.
No, it's not the only thing I've read criticizing, dismissing, or otherwise belittling the Movember fundraiser. It's just one of the stupidest.
It is pitiful and sad to see the level of petty attention-mongering and resentment to which some women will sink. How can one look at a successful campaign, compare it to another successful campaign that gets much less exposure and community support, and seriously come up with jealousy as a response? Are women so insecure in our accomplishments that we cannot tolerate the existence of any others? Must we really turn an envious eye toward all things not our own? Do we have to make everything all about us? How shallow and whiny!      
Oh, teh poor wimminz! Our huge, well advertized and world famous save the boobies campaign isn't the center of attention during prostate cancer awareness month! What are we doing wrong? How can we get back into the spotlight?    
I know... let's belittle our own massive ad campaigns, the level of participation from multiple organizations, the creative attempts at reminder and increasing awareness, the general public interest, and the associated fundraising... because we just can't stand to know that right now, this month, the focus happens to be on a different group. That's far more mature than say, celebrating their cause side by side with ours, as they have done for years. We may look altruistic, but no way should we have to have the human decency to get excited about more than one good cause.

Of course, whining about the purely imagined discrepancy doesn't at all detract from the credibility and respectability of female activism, either. I mean, no one would ever connect that puerile, self-serving attention grab with an attachment to perpetual victim status and a craving for the power of sympathy, right? It's not that there are some women who go all out for any facet of female activism because it's an opportunity to tag along on the great wimmin'z train of victimhood. Nope, every single one is truly dedicated to the causes they embrace. That's why they get so upset about having to share the spotlight with other legitimate causes... because it's not about the attention. It's about the humanity.

Come on, ladies. Show us what you're made of here... how low can you go? Tell me why any given female writer can't just be supportive of the clever, fun, and highly effective fundraising idea that the Movember campaign is. 


Unknown said...

I remember last years movember was the cause for a lot of "boycott movember" and "movember as a hate campaign" among feminists, ofcourse this comes hand in hand with stories of women who have slapped men confessing their diagnosed breast cancer (as if men with large tissue mass in their chest can't get breast cancer...).

prostate cancer already gets less funding and awareness than breast cancer, despite taking more lives annually, but there will always be those who tantrum at the idea that men are getting some form of attention and support over them. disgusting, really, but inevitable. good article.

Hannah Wallen said...

@ Connor, Yes, it's typical for feminists to treat any discussion of men's issues at all in any forum as "hijacking" of a platform for women's issues... even the refusal to have men's experiences and men's health issues marginalized is "hijacking." There are few better examples of their entitlement mentality than the way they whine when men have the screaming audacity to simply speak up for themselves.

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