Feminist

I self-identify as a feminist, and frankly, I can’t understand anyone who doesn’t.

Now, let’s be clear: I don’t identify as a man-hater. I don’t think there’s anything about man-hating in feminism. In fact, feminism aims to help men escape from rigid definitions of masculinity.

Feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. 

That’s it.

 

How men can support feminism:

Practical Tools for Men– This list almost makes me cry, because it articulates so many small ways men can support women in their everyday lives. I am always thinking about feminism, about how to make the world a safer place for women, and this list encourages men to be active participants in this fight.

How Men Can Choose to be Feminists— 20 ways men can work against sexism. This list is more academic, and has a lot of book recommendations.

 

That said, if you would like to read about feminism, here are a few resources:

Men Explain Things To Me— Rebecca Solnit is an excellent and articulate writer. “At the heart of the struggle of feminism to give rape, date rape, marital rape, domestic violence, and workplace sexual harassment legal standing as crimes has been the necessity of making women credible and audible.”

Of Course “Not All Men— In discussions of sexism, people frequently chime in with “Not ALL men are like that!” Yes. We agree. The issue isn’t with men as individuals, it’s with a culture that gives men more power than women.

Somehow, it is still hard to talk to men about sexism without meeting a wall of defensiveness that shades into outright hostility, even violence. Anger is an entirely appropriate response to learning that you’re implicated in a system that oppresses women – but the solution isn’t to direct that anger back at women. The solution isn’t to shut down debate by accusing us of “reverse sexism”, as if that will somehow balance out the problem and stop you feeling so uncomfortable.”

Everyday Sexism— Sometimes people have trouble recognizing the blatant sexism in our daily lives, and sometimes we’re so accustomed to it, we don’t even register how awful it is. This twitter feed helps reveal it.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything these articles talk about. They are thought-provoking, and address some of the main facets of feminism, but they are in no way the definitive word on sexism. 

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