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.
Still, families across the country are expected to come together to celebrate fathers and fatherhood Sunday, bothering exactly nobody in the process. 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.
#EndFathersDay bc it’s a celebration of patriarchy and oppression.— NayNay Thompson (@NayNayCantStop) June 13, 2014
Glorifying the rape culture and patriarchy? No thank you. #EndFathersDay— Sharmeka Martin (@SharmekaMartin) June 13, 2014
#EndFathersDay because masculinity and patriarchal values shouldn’t be celebrated or passed on to the next generations— Phoebe Kwon (@PhoebeKwon) June 13, 2014
A holidaty that celebrates men has no place in a progressive society #EndFathersDay— erin williams (@erin_williams11) June 13, 2014
Others observed that fathers (especially white fathers) are responsible for most or all child abuse and cases of discrimination.
#EndFathersDay Because masculinity is what causes abuse and is nothing to celebrate!— Rowan (@CisHate) June 13, 2014
Some #EndFathersDay proponents kept it very simple, explaining that fathers are simply unnecessary in our society.
Everyone knows we only need mothers. Why do we even need father’s day? Fathers are useless. #endfathersday— Tasha Polwright (@TashaPolwright) June 13, 2014
#EndFathersDay because men shouldn’t even be allowed around children— Phoebe Kwon (@PhoebeKwon) June 13, 2014
Users put forward a variety of other reasons why the holiday must be eradicated:
#EndFathersDay bc it encourages men not to use protection.— NayNay Thompson (@NayNayCantStop) June 13, 2014
NayNay Thompson summed it up with her tweet:
The movement to end Father’s Day is getting some support in the legacy media as well. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Haig Chahinian calls for ditching the “gendered” holiday in favor of the little-celebrated Parent’s Day in late July. Parent’s Day was signed into President Bill Clinton, according to Chahinian.
– Molly Wharton is an intern at National Review.