Male Feminists


This section is for all the male feminists out there. Men are vital to the feminist movement, whether they support feminism or consider themselves feminist.

What Is Male Feminism?

Male Feminism is a movement designed to educate men about the feminine principle and its genderless characteristics of love, peace, unity, harmony, liberty, integration, cooperation, collaboration, cohabitation, passivity, nurturance, creativity, spirituality, and truth. Male feminism is also a movement that teaches men to be more human toward women and train their eyes to behold them as human beings rather than sexual objects of prowess and prey. Male feminism can also be described as a survival movement for all men facing the consequences of the fall of patriarchy and the laws of human evolution, regardless of race, color, nationality, religion, social and economic status, or sexual preference.

What Is A Male Feminist?

A male feminist is a male that supports feminism or considers himself a feminist. Some women suggest that men can be “pro-feminist”, meaning that they support the feminist movement and feminists. Michael Kimmel falls into the category of pro-feminist. Early pro-feminist discourses have their roots in the philosophies of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In the 19th century, First wave feminists and abolitionists saw eye to eye as they worked in order to promote the rights of women and slaves. In the 18th century, male philosophers were attracted to issues of human rights and men such as the Marquis de Condorcet supported women’s education. The Utilitarian and liberal, Jeremy Bentham demanded equal rights for women in every sense because he thought women were being treated unfairly under the law. In the 19th century, there was an awareness of women’s struggle. In 1866, John Stuart Mill (author of “The Subjection of Women”) presented a women’s petition to the British parliament. John Stuart Mill supported an amendment to the 1867 Reform Bill. John Stuart Mill’s efforts focused on the problems of married women. It was a realistic acknowledgment that marriage for Victorian women was made upon a sacrifice of liberty, rights, and property. His involvement in the women’s movement stemmed from his friendship with Harriet Taylor, whom he later married. A British legal historian, Sir Henry Maine criticised the inevitability of patriarchy in his Ancient Law in 1861. Male pro-feminists have contributed in many important ways to the feminist movement. Males shouldn’t be ashamed or feel embarassed to call themselves “feminists” as long as they want equality just as much as the women do. Males can support the feminist movement. Male participation in feminism is encouraged by feminists and is seen as an important strategy for achieving full societal commitment to gender equality. Many male feminists and pro-feminists are active in women’s rights activism, feminist theory, and masculinity studies.

What Are Male Feminists?

Male feminists are men who believe in equal rights for both men and women. Male feminists are also men who believe that both pay and opportunities, social and work, should be the same. Male feminists support women’s rights.

Men And Feminism

In feminism, There is still a debate over whether men can be feminists or not. Some feminists think so, while other feminists disagree. A number of feminist writers maintain that identifying as a feminist is the strongest stand men can take in the struggle against sexism against women. They have argued that men should be allowed, or even encouraged, to participate in the feminist movement. However, Other female feminists argue that men cannot be feminists simply because they are not women, cannot understand women’s issues, and are collectively members of the class of oppressors against women. They claim that men are granted inherent privileges that prevent them from identifying with feminist struggles and thus make it impossible for them to identify with feminists. The term ‘profeminist’ occupies the middle ground in this semantic debate, because it offers a degree of closeness to feminism without using the term itself.

Comments
  1. Zane Smith says:

    I’m a male feminist. I don;t consider myself to be ‘pro-feminist’. Maybe I’m not as active in the community (to promote feminism) as I’d like to be, but that will change.

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