In September this year, in Galway, Southern Ireland, a bizarre public ritual took place. Men discarded their shoes and replaced them with high heels, and “walked a mile in her shoes” (The International Men’s March to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.)
The shoe sizes 11 and 12 were made and sponsored by a well-known supermarket chain (we will not name it to spare their blushes.) Men who registered for the event were asked to raise a minimum of 50-00 Euro (which would just about cover the podiatrist’s bill for treatment for the corns and bunions such a towering (tottering) walk would occasion.)
We have seen a picture of one of these marches which took place in Canada and there were sober-suited men wearing a dazzling array of colourful stiletto heels marching proudly after the Pied Piper (Feminism,) and it was a pitiful scene to behold, as men apologised for being men with every painful step.
These unsightly and unseemingly marches are the brainchild (monster) of one Frank Baird. He first proposed a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” March in 2001 and many such marches have taken place since then. He was working with an organisation called Valley Trauma Centre (a rape crisis/sexual trauma centre) in the USA at the time. In fact, he had worked with them since 1993. The “Mission” of his campaigns/group is “Co-Creating a United Gender Movement – men will be a part of the solution to ending sexualised violence.”
We quote again from his website , “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events are political and performance art with public, personal and existential messages .Our mission is to create a unique and powerful public experience that educates individuals and communities.”
Mr.Baird has a background in theatre and film and, in 2001 and 2002, he co-directed a notorious “V-Day” production of Eve Ensler’s ” The V….. Monologues to publicise the work of his employer, the Valley Trauma Centre.
Back again to the march itself, some of the men don female apparel as well as shoes and even the emergency services are happy to be involved as was clear from website video footage which showed a Sheriff, and firemen and male nurses, all in high heels! How quickly could they have responded to an emergency?
We believe that these marches were conceived and organised to punish and humiliate men, simply for being men, and to further coarsen society and the feminist goal of a society of gender-benders. We believe that Mr.Baird has simply climbed on the feminist bandwagon, using the cover of a campaign against sexual violence because ” he saw that women had created a successful rape crisis movement and he was grateful to have been able to join their efforts.”