#EndFathersDay

#EndFathersDay

[Ed. – Yep, there’s a Twitter campaign.]

[A]ctivists are here to warn you that honoring the father glorifies rape, patriarchy, and child abuse.

Expressing outrage at the offensive and sexist holiday, Twitter anti-fatherists are making one simple demand: #EndFathersDay.

It’s true that Father’s Day, like fatherhood itself, proceeds from incertitude and unlikelihood. The holiday struggled through much of the 20th century, as even Woodrow Wilson, the busybody president who proclaimed an official Mother’s Day, stopped short of doing the same for American dads. Presidential recognition only came with the Nixon administration in 1972, and Americans ever since have been lukewarm about Father’s Day — consistently spending substantially less than we do on Mother’s Day, for example. …

So what is #EndFathersDay’s beef (or no-animal-products beef substitute) with this harmless holiday?

Many of the tweets at #EndFathersDay also included #YesAllWomen, the popular grassroots hashtag where women can share stories of harassment or misogyny they have experienced.

All agree that Father’s Day is not something to be celebrated. Most argue that the holiday clearly celebrates the culture of oppression of women by men, and we simply should not be observing it. …

Some #EndFathersDay proponents kept it very simple, explaining that fathers are simply unnecessary in our society.

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