Don’t Be Surprised When Seeing Men With A Painted Fingernail, Here’s The Meaningful Message Behind This Trend

Don’t Be Surprised When Seeing Men With A Painted Fingernail, Here’s The Meaningful Message Behind This Trend

Photos of men with one painted finger nail have been all over social media in the last year leaving people to question their intentions until they learned the heartwarming meaning behind this hype.

Nail it to end it

Men all over the world have united in a single cause – to help raise awareness about child abuse. By weekly painting one finger nail of their choice in any color they prefer, they are standing up for one in five children becoming victims to sexual abuse. The campaign quickly spread outside Australia where it initially started showing men everywhere displaying their willingness to make a change, and some great fashion sense too.


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    The inspiration

    Aside from presenting one in five children falling victim to abuse, there is another meaningful symbolism behind painting a finger nail. It started when Elliot Costello went to Cambodia as a part of Hagar International project for helping poverty-stricken regions. There he met a girl named Thea whom he soon became friends with. During one of their conversations, as she was painting his nails, he learned that she was victim of sexual abuse on daily basis while living in an orphanage. That was the moment that he decided to try to make a stop to this global issue. Inspired by her story and her favorite activity, he designed the campaign aimed to raise awareness and funds, provide recovery and care for victims, and ultimately, prevent child abuse.


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      Polished up men

      The Polished Man Project is focused toward aspiring men to polish up as great role models, great fathers, brothers and friends in order to build a better world where not a single child suffers abuse. As a slogan on The Polished Man website reads, it “challenges men to nail it to end it.” By taking action, men are re-writing the abuser role they most often have in cases of sexual assaults, and instead of perpetuating the horror by ignoring it, they are standing up for and giving voice to the quieted.


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        Even though the campaign depicts only men, women are encouraged by the Polished Man Project to join men by supporting and praising them as “positive masculinity” role-models with a hashtag #ipreferapolishedman.


        According to the Polished Man Report for 2015, the movement helped raise $261,933.00 in USA only, making it a 60% fundraising growth on 2014. By reaching more people each painted fingernail at a time, the movement could soon reach its goal of becoming global and providing each child with safe and violent-free childhood.

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        We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

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          2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”


            When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

            3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.


              Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.


              4. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

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                5.  We’d rather record someone than help them.


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                  6. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                    7.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

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                      8. Sensationalism still sells.

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                          This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?


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