16 May Stay-at-home Dad Finds a Way to End South African Drought
As South Africa struggles to conserve water during one of the worst droughts to hit the country in the last forty five years, one man has found a solution to sustain water levels for the time being. Christopher, age 43, is a single father of two who lives in Scarborough, Cape Town. His discovery, which he claims came about “totally by chance” has seen water levels in local dams rise by at least 1% over the course of the last week.
Christopher’s conservation campaign, Male Tears for Africa, already comprises over 300 men all of whom are dedicated to sustaining the nation’s water levels. But there’s a social element involved too. Chris explains, “it all started while I was browsing Facebook as I usually do while I wait for my clients to arrive.” In between looking after the kids, Chris manages his own energy healing practice. “That’s when I first discovered that this new hashtag had come to life called #MenAreTrash. Obviously I was taken aback. There I was just scrolling through my newsfeed and I came across this hate speech.”
As a long-time member of one of South Africa’s largest compassion projects aimed exclusively at men, Chris is passionate about gender equality and despises sexism. “You know, I understand why women have a mistrust towards men. But honestly, how can you make such generalisations? That isn’t equality.” He shakes his head. “The worst part is that when I try to speak out about it, I get told that I have male tears.”
Finding a way to use his male tears to benefit the environment has been a huge breaking point in Chris’s career and his personal life too. “Male Tears for Africa isn’t just about the water crisis. It’s about spreading love and teaching people that hate only breeds hate.”
When asked about his male privilege by backers of the #MenAreTrash movement, Chris concedes that being a man does come with benefits but ultimately, we are all oppressed. “My suffering is no different to the suffering of a woman. But because I’m a man, I am not entitled to my feelings. Men hurt too. We have feelings too. Nowadays it seems like it’s us who’re oppressed.”
UPDATE: Male Tears for Africa is currently facing disciplinary action after members of the group were found vandalising a conservation site near the Steenbras dam.
Please note that this post is satirical.