Men & Feminism

Feminism is sometimes referred to as the “F” word because it has gotten a bad rap in some cultures. The truth is:

If you think women and men are humans and believe
that they should be treated equally, congratulations, you are a feminist.

To prove this, reporter Adam Mordecai of Upworthy hit the streets of New Orleans. He asked several men if they believe in equal rights for women. They ALL said YES! But when  asked  if they were feminists, only ONE-THIRD said YES.

“It wasn’t until a feminist friend pointed out the definition to me that I realized I actually was one,” says Adam. “I’ve been a feminist unknowingly since I was born and knowingly for the last eight years or so.”

“Yep, I’m a dude. I’m also a feminist,” says Adam is his Upworthy essay. He says that means he thinks men and women should have equal rights and equal opportunity. So if you’re still wondering… Feminism is:

 “The radical notion that women are people.”
 Marie Shear, 1986 

“Feminism is about equal right + opportunity for everyone.”
 Adam Mordecai, 2015 

What does it mean? “It means I think men and women should have equal rights and equal opportunity. says Adam. He then went on to ask (and answer), What doesn’t it mean? ~ 

  • It doesn’t mean I think women should have more rights than men.
  • It doesn’t mean I think men don’t struggle too, in different ways.
  • It doesn’t mean that I want to force everyone else to think or act a certain way.
  • It doesn’t mean I want to create a feminist army riding velociraptors feasting upon men who disagree with me.

“It just means I think women and men are humans
who should have equal rights and opportunities.”

Are you a feminist?

4GGL thanks Upworthy for such a great story to share.

Who’s Adam Mordecai?  I curate stuff for Upworthy. I want my gay friends to be able to get married. I want my undocumented friends to gain citizenship. I want my non-white friends to be treated equally. I want everyone to have healthcare. I want the media to do their job. And I want politicians to learn shame.
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