Meaning #2: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
It would be wonderful to think that progressive women and progressive men are working towards a similar goal in which equality for all is one of the founding principals.
Unfortunately just as in other times of “progression” many men have change in mind just not change that requires anything from them.
In the French Revolution, women’s republican clubs demanded that liberty, equality, and fraternity be applied regardless of sex, but this movement was extinguished for the time by the Code Napoléon.
With regards to family, the Code established the supremacy of the husband with respects to the wife and children; this was the general legal situation in Europe at the time. It, however, allowed divorce on relatively liberal basis compared to other European countries, including divorce by mutual consent.
In our own progressive communities there are examples of men who just don’t get it.
They don’t get how sexist comments affect us all, they still have beliefs of female promiscuity (when was the last time that term was used on a man) they show demeaning pictures of women as if they are being clever, in short they display an ignorance unworthy of someone who would take on the mantle of progressive.