"Feminism is a movement that is, to a large extent, about challenging societal norms that give men more powerful roles and influential voices. Many male feminists such as the three Michaels – Kimmel, Kaufman and Flood – sidestep this by writing primarily about what men should do among ourselves. However as Schwyzer correctly identified, this can only ever be within the limits set by feminist women. The ultimate goal of all feminists, male or female, is and rightly should be the welfare and social and political emancipation of women. If men are concerned about the problems men face, not just the problems men cause, then the pews of the feminist cathedral are rarely the most comfortable place to sit."
That's a quote from an article that made me think about the subject (as did the article's comments).
What do you think about men who identify as femnists? Answer whichever option in the poll is closest to your views please.
- I think it's great; we need more of them!35% (15)6% (5)16% (20)Vote
- It's good that men are supportive of equality for women.35% (15)14% (12)21% (27)Vote
- I don't care.16% (7)9% (8)12% (15)Vote
- I think feminism is ill-advised/outdated and they're generally wrong/misguided.9% (4)26% (22)20% (26)Vote
- I think men can't be feminists.0% (0)5% (4)3% (4)Vote
- I think male feminists are idiots who are either desperate to sleep with feminist women or are masochists too cheap to hire a dominatrix.5% (2)31% (27)22% (29)Vote
- I think all feminists are evil.0% (0)9% (8)6% (8)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
Men benefit from feminism too; feminism is all about breaking down gender roles and barriers in society which, while society puts men on a higher peg than women, hurts men too.
Traditional ''wisdom'' says that women are weaker, less intelligent, unable to lead, emotional, etc, which is obviously harmful to women, but it also says that men must always be strong, protective, the leader, emotionless.
These are basically positive attributes, but they still shoehorn men into a very narrow view of what it means to be a man, and emasculates men who do not fit into this traditional view the quiet, sensitive men, the bookish men, the submissive men. By challenging gender stereotypes, feminism allows both men and women to be themselves.7
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Most Helpful Guy
I fully support gender equality but I don't really know if I would call myself a feminist. I support full gender equality on both sides so I don't like how you never hear feminists complaining about inequality towards men. For example, 40% of domestic violence victims are men but the Safe Houses are usually women only. Never heard a feminist complaining about that.