Scan the environment, and you’ll notice a myriad of signs that men are shucking off the manacles of destructive male socialization and mascupathy, and are evolving into liberated men. One of these signals is men’s attitude about feminism. In an article entitled 28 Famous Men Who Prove You Don’t Need To Be A Woman To Be A Feminist, the Huffington Post recently published a list of “easy-on-the-eyes celebrities” who have openly advocated for women.
This group of enlightened and egalitarian men includes Patrick Stewart who talks about, when he was a child, having witnessed his father physically abuse his mother.
Remembering the impact the abuse had on him as a boy, Stewart spoke at an Amnesty International UK event in 2009 about the responsibility men have to end the violence: “Even if she had [done something to provoke my father to hit her], violence is a choice. And it’s a choice that a man makes. We can choose to stop it.”
Another prominent actor, Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men has pointed out “people look back on those days [when the TV show takes place] through a thick veil of nostalgia, but life was hard if you were anything other than a rich, powerful, white male.”
Seth Meyers, a star of SNL, has reported that “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.”
Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne has 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.”
It’s gratifying to find that famous men stand up for the values of equality and egalitarianism that are the hallmarks of feminism. Perhaps our age lacks the heroes of the Greatest Generation, but we find increasing numbers of important and courageous males taking the risk of aligning themselves with feminist women, breeding social and economic parity as well as enhanced justice in a kinder and gentler world.
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