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Posts Tagged ‘male feminists’

Can Men Be Feminists?

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 7 July 2010

This might seem like a silly question; at least it did seem so to me.  In the past I always thought that of course men can be feminists, what exactly excludes men from being feminists?  Even I thought of myself as a feminist at one point.  Of course, Finally Feminism 101 is bound to be full of surprises for those not wholly familiar with feminism:

“However, [while there are men who are comfortable with calling themselves feminist and feminists who embrace them] there are also men and women who are ideologically uncomfortable with men calling themselves feminists, because it seems to be a co-option of movements built by and for women. These groups express a preference for the terms pro-feminist or feminist allies when speaking of men who support and advocate feminism.”

Shocking, no?  It might be if you know little else about feminism.  From my experience, a number of people who do not know very much about the nuances of feminism often envision it as simply a movement for gender equality and thus will claim the label casually or at least support it without very much thought.  Indeed, that was exactly my case until I came head-to-head with this sentiment some four of five years ago and realized that it ran much deeper than any notion of “regular” vs. “radical” feminists (not to mention the fallacy in dividing feminists in such a manner). Read the rest of this entry »

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