Anti – feminists would like to break feminism down to a hatred of men. How then can a man be a feminist? Perhaps, just perhaps that is not what feminism is about.
I had the good fortune this morning to stumble upon this opinion piece in the Daily Kent Stater, written by Christopher Taylor
I am a male. I am a feminist.
Yes, men can be feminists, too.
I have attempted to ask men of all different types of backgrounds if they were feminists. I received shocked reactions and puzzled looks as if I had asked a final-round Jeopardy question.
The most common theme about feminism in dictionaries describes it as a doctrine or movement to ensure “equal rights.” How is this idea still so foreign to us, and why the hell is it even being debated?
I particularly liked his insight in this paragraph
Here’s another fun quote from Marianne Brennan on Humanevents.com: “As a woman, I have every right to drink, to dress however I want, and to go to a man’s room alone. I also have every right to walk into an urban ghetto and scream racial slurs, but if I got shot, no one would argue that I wasn’t complicit in my own victimhood.”
What? Not only is she stereotyping “urban ghettos” as areas reserved for blacks, but she is comparing an action full of ignorance and hatred with a woman who likes to have a drink every so often. One is deliberate; the other is not.
I have been fortunate to know many feminist men. I married a feminist man, of course how could I do otherwise? It would be impossible for me to share a life with someone who thought I was lesser or wanting somehow.
Just as I rejoice that so many boys are being raised by strong feminist women, I rejoice that so many girls are being raised by strong feminist men.
As these children grow they will learn to treat each other with respect, concern and to recognize each other as equal partners. This can only bode well for the future, for laws and attitudes that will govern society.
Here’s to you, feminist men!! And may there be many more!!