10 Awesome Things Famous Men Have Said About Feminism
Though we all give props to the females of the feminist movement, we sometimes fail to acknowledge the incredible men in our corner. From musicians to history's biggest trailblazers, there are proud male feminists who have publicly expressed their support for gender equality and have used their celebrity status to encourage others to fight for the cause.
And let's be real — in the fight for equality, it is always powerful to have allies. Here are 10 of our favorite dapper fellas who have shouted loud and proud for equal rights.
On sexual violence…
Gone but not forgotten, Cobain is one of the world's most notorious band leaders. His rebellious hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" influenced a generation, and even Jay Z gives a nod to the rockstar in his famous "Holy Grail" single. Before committing suicide in 1994, Kurt said this: "Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on Earth and it happens every few minutes. The problems with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there."
If you do not know Ezra yet, you will definitely recognize him in the upcoming film "The Stanford Prison Experiment" which hits theaters this summer. The 22-year-old actor has been very vocal about sexual violence against women. During the One Billion Rising To Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, Ezra said, "One in three women in the world will experience domestic violence or rape within the course of their lifetime. To me, I grew up in a household of women and I feel that all revolutionary causes should start with addressing misogyny."
On sex and sexuality…
These days, actor Ashton Kutcher is loving his role as a father, but he continues to support various charities and organizations. During promotions for his "No Strings Attached" movie with Natalie Portman, Ashton discussed sexual education for men and women. "I think there's so much that's not said about sex in our country, even from an educational level. The one thing they teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don't really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. That creates a place where women aren’t empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves."
Hands down, he's one of the best to ever touch the mic. Though his work was created in the late 1990's, his music about women, socioeconomic disparities, and race in America still address our current society. His hit "Keep Ya Head Up" is a 3-minute ode to feminism with this famous line:
"And since a man can't make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up."
On equality in the workplace…
Seth Meyers uses "Late Night" to discuss diverse topics, including feminism. Many females work on the show as writers, producers, and casting managers (just to name a few). When asked about his team he says, "When you work with the sort of really strong women that I work with, the idea that anyone would want to make decisions for them is hard to wrap your head around."
I know, I know, Daniel Radcliffe is more than the "Harry Potter" movie, but for Millennials, he will forever be The Boy Who Lived. Since the Potter series, Daniel has acted in various movies and stage dramas. He has been in the entertainment industry since his preteen years and says this about movie writers: "There are certainly more female writers now than there were but the fact remains, most female parts are written by men. I think — I hope — the film industry is becoming a lot more balanced.”
On social equality…
At the 2013 Sound of Change Live Press Conference, John Legend spoke about the importance for men to join the fight for gender equality. The grammy award winning songwriter and performer said, "All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered — it leads to a better society."
Historically known for his leadership with the Abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass was also a strong feminist and one of the first men to publicly support the women's suffrage movement of the 1900s. He believed, "Women should have every honorable motive to exertion which is enjoyed by man, to the full extent of her capacities and endowments. The case is too plain for argument. Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual."
Not only did Joseph speak about feminism on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, he also asked people to openly discuss the the controversy of the word "feminist" on his YouTube channel. It is clear that this actor not only cares about female rights but he also wants to further the conversation with his followers. According to him, feminism "just means that your gender doesn't have to define who you are and that you can be whatever you want to be, whoever you want to be."
The Dalai Lama
His Holiness is an international symbol for peace, integrity, and just pure goodness. It is not surprising that he also stands with female rights. At his International Freedom Award Acceptance Speech, he bluntly said, "I call myself a feminist. Isn't that what you call someone who fights for women's rights?" Basically, nuff said.
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