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5 Ways Feminism Benefits Men

Feminism started with the singular goal of achieving civil rights for women, but has since blossomed into a more far reaching movement. According to bell hooks’ succinct definition in 2000’s Feminism Is For Everybody, “feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression,” which means that yes, feminism benefits men, too. To be clear, feminism isn’t about men, and men don’t have to identify as feminists — because, let’s be honest, not all women do either (although it would be nice if everyone did!) — but while feminists are fighting for reproductive rights, LGBTQ* rights, equal pay, sexual autonomy and the like, men are likely to see and feel some positive repercussions.

In a recent interview on Huffington Post Live, actor Edgar Ramirez succinctly verbalized the ways that feminism improves the lives of men. “Feminism is nothing but equality,” he stated, “and actually, feminism benefits men because it liberates us and it releases us from many stigmas imposed by the macho culture on us as well.” It’s as simple as that, and props to a male public figure for getting it right.

Here are five ways that feminism benefits men :

1. It Challenges Masculine Stereotypes

As Ramirez said, “macho culture” can be stifling, and feminism helps to broaden the scope of gender identity for all. Just as women don’t have to be sweet, selfless caregivers, men don’t have to be strong, stoic providers — it’s up to each man to define masculinity for himself.

1. It Offers Alternate Visions Of Masculinity

Beyond challenging masculine stereotypes, feminism also offers alternate visions of masculinity: take these high profile feminist men, for example.

3. It Encourages Better Sex

Feminism encourages bodily autonomy, enthusiastic consent, and the destruction of sexual stigma, which can make for some pretty liberated bedroom activities.

4. It Encourages Better Relationships

On top of all the hot, consensual sex that feminism can inspire, it can also make your romantic and domestic life far more evolved in the sense that each individual person is encouraged to decide what commitment, monogamy and intimacy means to them regardless of what society instructs.

5. It Expands How We Define Men

Men aren’t defined by their genitalia. You get to decide what makes you a man, not society, and that’s in large part because of the work accomplished by feminist and LGBTQ* activists.

2018-09-20T14:00:32+00:00

2 Comments

  1. Issac April 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN! http://www.BoycottBitches.com I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women? American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least. This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

    • bell hooks Books May 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Issac, I would encourage you to have a conversation with your Mother about your thoughts on American women.

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