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Top 5 Men Who Supported Feminism In 2012

Top 5 Men Who Supported Feminism In 2012

“Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians,” Pat Robertson infamously stated.

Perhaps we should look further for a definition of feminism.

Rebecca West once said that “feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” Or we can check out the Oxford Dictionaries online definition: “Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.”

Some feminist women react negatively towards the concept of men calling themselves feminists, but it seems obvious to me that men have to be part of feminism because those societal gender stereotypes affect both men and women. But of course this doesn’t mean that men run the show.

Here are my top 5 picks for men who supported feminism in 2012:

Barack Obama

I will let our President’s words speak for themselves.

In response to Representative Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape,” President Obama called a press conference to reiterate that, you know, rape is rape:

The idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.

We shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making healthcare decisions on behalf of women.

Women are not an interest group…They’re half of this country.

 

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Matt Weiner

This choice may seem surprising, but how could the creator of Peggy Olsen and Joan Holloway in “Mad Men” not be a feminist? His show depicts clearly how women were discriminated against in the early 1960s, be it in the workplace or around sexual harassment, rape or lack of access to legal abortion.

Weiner has been reported as saying that he considers it the highest possible praise when he hears from a woman after a public appearance that she worked as a secretary during the ’60s, and “Mad Men” gets the sexual harassment just right.

 

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Dalai Lama

It was actually last year that the Dalai Lama told an audience in Memphis, “I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

Over the 77 years of his life the Dalai Lama has continually advocated for the rights of the Tibetan people, especially after he was forced to flee his home country after the People’s Republic of China took control after the 1959 uprising. Perhaps not surprisingly, he has also been teaching about Buddhism, the environment, economics, and yes, advocating for  women’s rights.

 

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Chris Rock

Here’s what Feministing has to say about Chris Rock:

I think Chris Rock’s decision to produce W. Kamau Bell’s show is the best evidence that he is belongs more to the big tent feminist camp than he does outside of it.

W. Kamau Bell is a self-identified socio-political stand up comedian. His comedy troupe, “Laughter Against the Machine,” traveled around the country entertaining/supporting the Occupy movement. He hails from San Francisco, and his team of writers have pretty solid feminist cred. And with Chris Rock’s support, he now has a show on FX that will hopefully get picked up.

I see evidence of Chris Rock’s feminism in this show. Feminism isn’t just about supporting women. It’s about bringing to the fore people who don’t fit inside the mainstream, and people who push the socio-cultural-political envelope.

Photo by courtesy of Catriona Janet Simms

Great Dads

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to all the many fathers who are raising children equally with their female partners – including my stepson, pictured above. I applaud you all!

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7:59AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

finally a president who doesn't want us barefoot, pregnant and easily controlled. All of these men are making the path for positive change, thank you

12:01PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Tks.

4:15AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Look how bad we are that always the list are the top ten, and we just found 5 !!!! Sad.

6:20PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thanks

3:51AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

i am a woman and probably be called a feminist because i believe in equality for all people and i support both womens and mens rights to be on equal standing in life but i also believe in the tradition of marriage and having children and if needed a pt career and i love men who view women as equals

2:39AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Arthur S., you have to do a lot more than be non-liberal for Care2 to remove a comment of yours. Considering that I've seen bigotry, name-calling, slander, spam and conspiracy theories get left up for months and years, if you had a comment removed it must have been quite something. Was it a death threat? Those get frowned upon, I believe.

12:14AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

BTW. Care2 you want people to get involved and when they do you remove the comment when it does NOT agree with your liberal mentality. This is WRONG

12:13AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

No I did not vote for this president I frankly love the USA.

12:12AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Oh lets just all bow down and sing to Obama. Give it up. Not only the Repubs once the USA wakes up and Broke the WORLD is going to be in DEEP DUNG. Jeeze, more kudos to the president who agrees to disagee.

9:17PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thanks, I shared this on G+ and FB

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