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June 29, 2011 - Oxford's beginning to remind me of that 1988 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled "Angel One," in which the crew visits a planet run by women.

I base this on the fact that we have umpteen events for ladies and zero, count'em zero, for men.

The Oxford Chamber of Commerce has the Women's Expo, Hats & High Fashion, the Spring Fashion Show and Ladies Night Out.

Outside of the chamber, we have the twice-yearly Girlfriends Walk put on by female downtown merchants, the Oxford Women's Club's annual fashion show, plus two annual events on the Polly Ann Trail aimed at fighting breast cancer.

If you're keeping track, that's a total of nine women's events per year. It's almost a monthly thing around here.

On the surface, it appears that Oxford's men don't buy anything, leave the house or get cancer.

Granted, the reason we have so many ladies events is because Oxford's female merchants are definitely more active, more organized, more visible and more vocal. They're really quite good at marketing and networking.

It also doesn't hurt that the chamber's leadership is dominated by women – eight of the 11 board members are women, plus the director is a woman. And let's not forget the DDA director is a woman.

Now, before you put on your Bella Abzug t-shirt and start blasting that old Helen Reddy album while writing a nasty letter to the editor, hear me out.

I'm not saying all this is a bad thing; it just explains why guys around here get the short end of the stick. The men have been forgotten. We're practically invisible.

We need a men's event full of manly things and plenty of manly fun. I'm talking power tools, cigars, beer and whiskey, fishing and hunting gear, classic cars and their accessories, manly food (i.e. no wrap sandwiches or vegetarian dishes), Carhartt clothing, motorcycles, men's jewelry and watches, grills and barbecue accessories, lawn and garden stuff, golf, poker, and anything else men love.

And let's make this event a fund-raiser to help fight prostate cancer. Except for skin cancer, cancer of the prostate is the most common type of cancer found in American men. In fact, 1 in 6 men (about 16 percent of all men) will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. Eight percent will develop significant symptoms, while 3 percent will die.

Or how about testicular cancer, which really doesn't get much attention. About 8,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer and about 390 die of it each year. Granted, the numbers aren't huge, but it's still significant.

My point here is men own businesses, men earn money, men buy stuff, men get their own types of cancer, so why shouldn't the men of Oxford have their very own event? I think it's long overdue, especially considering we generally die first.

It's time to get off our butts, fellas and organize in the name of fun, commerce and charity. As luck would have it, the chamber is currently looking for ideas for a men's event. Suggestions are due by July 15. Call (248) 628-0410 for more information.

Men of Oxford unite! You have nothing to lose, but that purse you've been holding while she shops.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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