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Dear Robin: celebration confusion & punch, please



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Celebration confusion

Dear Robin,

Why isn’t there an International Men’s Day? It seems like all I heard last week was International Women’s Day this and International Women’s Day that.


Eager for Equality


That’s a great question. Next time I recommend educating yourself before you waste my time and yours with this one. If you would have Googled it like any other human in the world you would have learned that there is, in fact, an International Men’s Day (IMD). It’s on Nov. 19. Go read about it on Wikipedia, but I’ll let you know about two reasons as to why this isn’t widely celebrated: 1. Every day is IMD because the everyday conversations in our society are dominated by, challenged through, and directed at men. International Women’s Day (IWD) was created to change that everyday conversation and give women a chance to speak out. 2. IWD is not about suppressing the issues males face, “It is an acknowledgement of the state of gendered privilege and disadvantage around the world” that women face, as Bustle states. It’s about acknowledging the social, economical, cultural, and political achievements women have accomplished that pave the path for a better future for women to come.


Punch, please

Dear Robin,

Why can’t I use my “buy nine get the 10th free” drink punch ticket at Fair Grounds cafe anymore?


Disappointed at Dawn


You raise a very important question. I encountered this situation a little while ago myself. Before I pulled out a five to pay for my 12 oz. London fog, I flashed my punch card to the barista. “Oh sorry, we don’t take those anymore.” A few tears left my eyes. I was SO close to getting a free drink. Only one more punch. The barista said it’s because the company that gave them those cards isn’t running the promotion anymore but I don’t think that should stop Fair Grounds from being decent human beings and making their own punch pass. I now have no more reason to give them my business. Best of luck in your future coffee explorations.


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