Firstly the fun stuff with a story where adult onesies are appropriate. Two Canadian ladies travel this week to Argentina on their way to run the Antarctica Half-Marathon and the two have said they will be running the entire race in penguin onesies. In true explorer style, when asked whether she had any practice running in the animal onesie to prepare for the race, our heroine told Canadian Running magazine that she “ran a little bit around the house.” The pair are raising money for a school for students with disabilities in Nigeria and we wish them well. We were also amused by this review of Deadpool for geek fans everywhere on the Occidental Weekly site entitled “Attack of the red and black onesies”.
To mark the next item we don’t think Adult Onesies are Appropriate. This week will see International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th. It has its origins more than a hundred years ago and the day still has a serious tone. It is also a call to action to accelerate gender parity -“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Around the world, the UN is organizing events to mark the day in more than 40 countries, including: a friendly hockey match between a men’s and women’s team in Tanzania on 5 March; a march and cycling rally in New Delhi, India on 6 March; a festival with live music and dance performances in Palestine on 8 March; marches, a football match and painting exhibitions across Albania from 5-8 March. It is sobering to reflect that, although New Zealand claims to be the first country to give women the vote in 1893, it wasn’t until the 1970s that some developed countries completed universal women’s suffrage and of course even today, in much of the world, women are more worried about their personal safety than equal rights.
Although the UK celebrates Mother’s Day this Sunday, most countries, including the USA, have their celebration in May. But in some countries IWD and Mother’s Day are linked. Ex-communist countries such as Russia or Ukraine sometimes celebrate the International Women’s Day instead of the more commercial Mother’s Day or use the same day for both. Kyrgyzstan has recently introduced Mother’s Day, but International Women’s Day remains a popular holiday. So maybe Adult Onesies are Appropriate in these countries.