International Women’s Day: The Lighter Side

Image via iStockPhoto/Steve Debenport

March 8th is International Women’s Day.  A day more celebrated or acknowledged in other parts of the world than in the US in general but it is catching on. Social media, democratized media, great technology are fueling the expansion of awareness days and campaigns.

Like this one.

The United Nations acknowledges International Women’s Day with events around the world. The Women in the World Foundation is helping bring together women-focused organizations and a three-day summit focusing on women’s issues with live streaming panels and a social media push.  All of this is very serious: the issues of women in war-torn areas, the maternal health horrors in developing nations, lack of education, slavery, famine, clean water and so much more become women’s issues.  We know that. In this country, women’s health has become a political football.

But inevitably, social media will have fun with any trend that rolls through the Twitter news feed.

I saw a couple of tweets that made me giggle…   This does not belittle the cause of raising awareness just lightens the mood a bit:

  • @ClinicEscort: Little old lady on Amtrak to burly conductor taking her ticket: “Enjoy women’s day!”
  • @dailypinch: Today is International Women’s Day. Does that mean my husband cooks dinner and rubs my feet?

And from a tweep called @supermantweets:

  • Women of the Earth, I wish you a Happy International Women’s Day. NEVER FORGET HOW POWERFUL YOU ARE.

And here’s a serious one from Women in the World – that sounded a bit like the social version of “Honk if you love trees.”

The difference between a Retweet (RT) campaign and honking on the street is metrics.  We can add up how many folks did the RT.  Social folks are happy to do that. Happier to RT than to honk. And it’s quieter.

While I am parsing irony, I wonder how Limbaugh, Romney and Santorum are celebrating today? Just a passing thought.

 

Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
Get Over Yourselves. We’re All Rory Gilmore
Hillary Clinton, Shake It Off, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton Campaign song
Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song
Nancy Reagan dies, Just Say No, Ronald Reagan
A Not-So-Positive Ode to Nancy Reagan’s Frothy “Just Say No” Campaign
I Married for Health Insurance
Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
A Case of Nixonian Deja Vu
Post-Election Munchies: What is Your Grief Snack of Choice?
Why I Wrote “Trumping And Drinking”
A Case of Nixonian Deja Vu
Trump Reality Check, Now with Actual Facts!
Fascism Facts
I Married for Health Insurance
Get Over Yourselves. We’re All Rory Gilmore
Post-Election Munchies: What is Your Grief Snack of Choice?
Women’s Elections Rights in Saudi Arabia: A Token Drop in an Abysmal Bucket & the Plight of Women Under Sharia Law
Maybe It Wasn’t Rape: Emerging Matriarchy and the Altering of Women’s Past Sexual Narratives
Paris attacks, Paris terrorism
Is Paris Burning?
Chinese government and women's reproductive rights, adopting Chinese girls, international adoption
Dear Xi Jinping, I Am Writing to You as an American Mom of a 19-Year-Old Chinese Daughter
The Vital Voice of Hillary Clinton: Part 1
Maybe It Wasn’t Rape: Emerging Matriarchy and the Altering of Women’s Past Sexual Narratives
The Eyes Have It!
Ashley Madison, Jared Fogle, sex, rape, sexual affairs
Ashley Madison vs. Jared Fogle: Rape, Sex and Hacking in America
women's viagra, Viagra, Flibanserin, sexual arousal, women's desire, sex after menopause
That “Little Pink Pill” Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Get our new weekly email
Broadly Speaking

featuring our best words for the week + an exclusive longread