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Male Feminists


By Jeanne Sutton
13th Nov 2014
Male Feminists

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Did you not get the 2014 memo? Feminism is in. Like so in that every man with a brain is now jumping on the bandwagon and then jumping up and down on said wagon proclaiming his solidarity with the sisterhood.

Here we look at five male feminists who have appealed like crazy to?our inner Dame Ragnelles these last few months.

male feminists

Benedict Cumberbatch

Feminist fashion statements are a thing now and we’re delighted the recently engaged Sherlock actor is embracing the movement.

Daniel Radcliffe

The young actor was AMAZING in?a recent interview where he called out the media hypocrisy in its treatment of male and female actresses.

?Around the time of?What If, the rom-com coming out, a lot of people were saying, ?You’re really an unconventional romantic lead.? And so eventually I got bored of hearing that and I kind of picked someone up on it so I was like, ?What about me is unconventional, exactly? Like, tell me.?And she said, ?Well, I think it’s probably the fact that, you know, we associated you with playing Harry, the young boy wizard.? My immediate response was, ?Well, the male population has had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson?immediately.?”

Daniel Craig

The Bond actor has fronted?two major campaigns supporting women’s rights. And one of those was in drag. That’s sex appeal.

male feminists

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A few months ago the writer-director was confused at the idea of people spurning the feminist label,?telling the Daily Beast,

?I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.?

male feminists

Ryan Gosling

Recent-dad-in-hiding and seriously handsome man, Gosling gave the world another reason to love him from afar when?he took on US censors for their NC-17 rating of his 2010 relationship drama?Blue Valentine. The scene that got the authorities in a tizzy? Gosling’s character going down on Michelle Williams.

?You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.?

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