We Asked 17 Men What A Day Without Women Would Look Like, And Things Got Pretty Freaking Real
"I'd miss my mom."
The women's march was the largest collective protest in American history, which on its own is an astounding accomplishment. However, the ladies behind the movement have no intention of hanging up their hats and calling it a job well done.
The organizers of the official women's march recently announced the next installment of their protest series: a strike to be held on March 8th.
In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women's Day, let's unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch
The concept behind this protest is so simple: women just simply decide not to show up and do all the things we are expected to do.
While it can be easy for the movement's opposition to dismiss our complaints, and refuse to respond in the wake of the march, this new protest aims to show society what it would actually be missing if women simply weren't around.
To get better insight, we asked some of the men in our lives to tell us what a day would look like without women. Their responses - for the most part - were surprisingly insightful.
"A life without women would be a societal disaster. All my favorite movies would be hot garbage. The notebook without Rachel McAdams? Garbage. A Walk to Remember without Mandy Moore? Garbage. The Last Song without Miley Cyrus? Pure garbage. Without girls I would have no reason to stay in shape, wear nice clothes, learn to cook and clean up after myself. Mankind would crumble under our own incompetence without women. Imagine if "I will always love you" was sung by a man. We need women, I need women."
-Zack, Boston, MA.
"The only thing I can think of is 'darkness.' My three woman are the sunshine that brings light, warmth and happiness to my day."
-Kevin, Minneapolis, MN.
"Well firstly, I wouldn't be here if there was no women in my life because my mother wouldn't have been around to give birth to me. I also wouldn't have a job because a majority of stuff I do is centered about the women's page that I make videos for."
-Matt, New York, NY.
"For my work, because there are not many women in engineering, and one day is not that important in the timelines I typically work with, it wouldn't matter, unless it affected the performance of the women who came back the next day. But that's not what you want to hear. For the general question, a day without women? It would be tough, only because I depend so much on my wife. But I've survived a day before, so I guess I could again."
-Fred, San Francisco, CA.
"Well, the biggest thing for me is literally everyone that I work with is a woman, so without women I'd have to run the damn bank by myself."
-Sean, Providence, RI.
"Particularly, I think of one woman. Without her I wouldn't know the fierceness of empathy and the priceless power of compassion. The true art of listening would likely never be discovered and I, a vapid shell of a body, would blindly walk the earth in search of a filler for an insatiable void. For curiosity, connection, compassion, empathy, integrity, listening and thousands of various learned life lessons… I thank you, Mom."
-Jake, Pasadena, CA.
"Well it all starts with my wife in the am, it's not the same having coffee without her and the news. Then I usually see the women at the deli for breakfast, and then deal with 2 different women everyday for my biggest account at work, and 4 women at the office. So apart from my wife if the rest were men instead of women I don't think much would change, but they're all important in my day-to-day."
-Brian, Newtown, CT.
"I'd have no one to talk about my day with, but at least I'd have the whole bed to myself."
-Jeff, Los Angeles, CA.
"Life would be like a vacation without sunshine. You love the peace and quiet, but it's pointless if you can't get a tan."
-Lucas, Raleigh, NC.
"Mostly, I'd miss my mom. Plus, at Mizzou they have a whole week where the sorority girls aren't allowed to leave the house because of rush week and it's so lame. Huuge sausage fest at the bars. I'd probably be less productive though because I work harder and push myself more to make myself a better person so I can find my true love. I believe I will only find them when I'm the best version of myself that I can be."
-Zach, Los Angeles, CA.
"Right now, I would be drunk, alone, in a bar."
-Bjorn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
"So right off the bat I feel like without women, daily interactions would be a lot more brash/crude. Women tend to be more nurturing and friendly, not that men can't be, just that it may be more inherent in women than in men. The work place would be much different. That's obvious when you think about all of the value added by women today, compared to how gender roles were approached in the early 20th century. As a young person who goes out and socializes a lot, I can't imagine what it would be like without women. There would be no point. I love my guy friends but I think it's incredibly important to have platonic friends of the opposite sex. I truly believe it makes you smarter and an all around better person."
-Ted, Boston, MA.
"It would be weird and eventually everyone would die."
-Josh, San Francisco, CA.
I'm just going to break this up into various aspects of my life. Home life: I live with 5 other guys, so I can't really think of any major changes that would occur. Since all the roles we have within the house are performed by men. (Although I do plan on moving in with my sister sometime in the summer.) School: Only 1 of the 5 classes i'm enrolled in is taught by a woman. However it's probably my favorite class, and she's a really prominent figure in the geography department. She has a ton of experience in the field and I've already learned a lot from her. Social: Half of my friends from university and home are girls, so my social life would definitely take a hit. Family: My mom plays a huge role in the family in terms of communication. She is the only family member I interact with on a daily basis while I'm away at school. She'll keep me up to date with any important information regarding my sisters, dad etc.
-Will, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
"Pretty bleak... it would be less exciting, less interesting and personally my closest friends here are all women, so I wouldn't have people that I really confide in or talk to for advice."
-Dan, Calgary, Canada.
"A day without women would be very bland. It would be a lot less colorful and a lot less fashionable in most cases. I feel that the nurturing aspect of humanity would be removed so basically the whole country would turn into NYC very quick. The world would also smell a lot worse without their array of fragrances filling the air."
-Darbus, Kansas City, MO.
"The world would be quiet."
-Allen, Edinburgh, UK.
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