UN Women tweeted out a list of five things on Thursday that they believe must be normalized for men, including “crying,” and were widely mocked on Twitter for it.
The rest of the list by the U.N.’s entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women included “sharing the care,” “showing emotions,” “seeking help,” and “sharing feelings.” Twitter users slammed and laughed at the message.
While many made fun of the list, others pointed out that perhaps the United Nations has more pressing matters to attend to and that they could certainly make better use of their resources and efforts than to push gender equality issues.
One commenter on Twitter said: “Shut Up Karen.” Another stated: “That isn’t a man, it’s a sniveling soy boy.”
5 things we must normalize for men:
2- Sharing the care
3- Showing emotions
4- Seeking help
5- Sharing feelings
— UN Women (@UN_Women) February 2, 2021
One of the most appropriate responses came from Twitter user Cooper Wade, who provided his own list:
“My list is:
1- Pursuing Godliness
2- Loving family well
3- Providing for his family
4- Leading by example
5- Protecting his family
“Tangible things that men were created by God to do. Not some unrealistic emotional wish list. Let men be men,” Wade wrote.
Caleb Howe over at Mediate quipped that the list was not accurate: “I share my feelings all the time. For example: I hate this,” he proclaimed.
Helen Joyce, who has written a book on “gender-identity ideology,” tweeted in response to the UN’s list: “This is largely tosspottery. I’m interested in whether men stop hitting and raping women, or excluding women from work and promotions. The only useful thing on this list is sharing the care.”
Others took a wider view of the UN’s tweet.
Tunku Varadarajan, a British-Indian writer, and journalist snarked: “1.2 billion of US taxpayer-dollars at work.” Which is a valid point since the U.S. is still the largest donor to the United Nations. We donated $10 billion in 2018, which was just under 1/5 of the UN’s budget.
Military Times reporter and Foundation for Defense of Democracies Analyst Dylan Gresik also joined the fray and bluntly pointed out that the United Nations should be focusing on more serious issues: “Perhaps the “UN entity for gender equality & women’s empowerment” should focus on more pressing issues related to human rights…” He included a link to a BBC article on China’s human rights abuses against Uighurs.
Other pressing issues out there for the United Nations would undoubtedly include the Myanmar coup as well. They have condemned the coup in the UN Security Council and China has now blocked their condemnation of the military move. But no serious steps have been taken to counter Myanmar’s actions.
Instead, they are issuing lists on gender equality and showcasing their priorities. The UN just announced that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions. Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, is the first Global Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns.
Guterres stated: “Mayor Bloomberg’s deep commitment to climate action and his essential experience bridging the interests of business, finance, policymakers, and philanthropy are uniquely suited to helping to accelerate impact as we rebuild better together and drive toward a global commitment for COP26 and beyond.”
And in other UN developments that don’t address “men crying,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday moved forward with their nomination for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She has been with the State Department for more than three decades.
If confirmed, she is expected to tackle China’s ambitions and resurrect the Iran nuclear deal.
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