By Jaime Gonzalo and Nikki Ignacio
We’ve come a long way since women had to fight for rights like voting and education, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done. To do that, it’s time expand the conversation and tap the other key demographic: men. In the words of all-around muse and feisty feminist Emma Watson, in an interview about her HeforShe campaign, “Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men…[s]ome women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!”
We know that feminism isn’t actually about attacking male-ness in a crusade for revenge, or requiring boyfriends to open doors and foot the bill on dates–rather, feminism is about leveling the playing field which has been tipped to favor males since… forever.
In celebration of National Women’s Month and today, International Women’s Day, we’re hoping that we’re on our way to abolishing any hideous gender –isms altogether. Here are a few men we can count on to join in on the conversation.
8. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel was vocal about the term “friendzone,” stating that he feels that it applies to both sexes. According to him, a man considers himself in the “friendzone” if he can’t get laid. He also stressed the point that a woman can be “friendzoned” too and that the term should not be associated with unfulfilled sexual urges. He was also quick to react to being called an “unconventional romantic lead,” standing up for co-star Emma Watson.
7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
JGL is a self-proclaimed feminist. On The Ellen Show, he insisted that his portrayal of the porn addicted character in the movie Don Jon had an important message to impart. He was brought up as a feminist by his mother and was taught at an early age that, contrary to what media portrays, women shouldn’t be treated like objects. JGL has been very vocal about women’s equality, making him one of the most outspoken supporters of equality.
6. Ashton Kutcher
Aston Kutcher wants men to take more responsibility with childcare, to the point of taking initiative in lobbying for baby changing stalls in men’s bathrooms around the US. He stated that it shouldn’t only be a mother’s job to change diapers and that men should be able to do the same, that the act should make them feel empowered rather than ashamed.
5. Andy Samberg
It’s a normal sight to see Andy Samberg rocking a National Organization for Women t-shirt. He was very vocal about the stereotype of women being less comedic then men. He was quoted saying: “”It’s crazy. Since there have been men and women, there have been funny women… f**king idiot-ass men keep saying that women aren’t funny. It makes me crazy. I find it disgusting and offensive every time.”
4. Prince Harry
Prince Harry supports women empowerment. In a June 2013 Chime for Change speech, the Prince said: “When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them–their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women; we men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve.”
3. Eddie Veder
The Pearl Jam frontman was adamant about women having the right to choose to do what they want with their own bodies. He explained how denying the right of a woman to choose to have a child was a violation of human rights. He also added that if it were a man’s choice to have a child, it wouldn’t even be an issue.
2. The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama said he considers himself a feminist. In his own words he said: “I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”
1. President Barack Obama
Barack Obama signed the Lilly Lefbetter Fair Pay Restoration Bill into law. The law aims to fight pay discrimination, giving women equal pay to their male counterparts. Upon passing the law, Obama stated: “Women can’t wait for equal pay. And I won’t stop fighting to address this inequality.”
Do you know any other male feminists that promote the cause? Sound off in the comments below!