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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stresses the importance of a man's role in feminism in this video. When Trudeau makes the statement "Men and women should use it (the word feminist) to describe themselves anytime they want," he is helping to promote the general acceptance and comfortableness of the word feminism, and the idea that feminism is for everyone. Trudeau states that men definitely need to be a part of this conversation, and discusses how it is important to raise not only our daughters to be empowered, but also our sons to be feminists. Many of our daughters are being taught to be feminists, but showing our sons how to treat women properly and be feminists is just as important in promoting feminism since men are half of the human race. Trudeau ultimately believes that the role men have in demanding equality is essential to the fight for equality.
Claire Cain Miller begins by mentioning that we tell our daughters that they can be anything, but we must be doing the same for our sons in order to promote feminism. "If we want to create an equitable society, one in which everyone can thrive, we need to also give boys more choices." This piece explains how we can raise our sons to be "kind, confident and free to pursue their dreams" by letting our sons be themselves and not limiting them to gender specific stereotypes. When we teach our sons to "be themselves" just as we have been with our daughters, we continue to foster a society with more equality. Miller goes into detail about how we can raise our sons to be feminists and why it is important to do so to promote their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.
In this piece, Molly Fosco stresses the importance of including men in feminism. Feminism has gained negative stereotypes over the years, such as the "man-hating woman." However, this blog proposes not only that feminism is for everybody including men, but also that men are crucial in the fight for gender equality. It is important to help men feel welcomed into the fight for equality. If men do not feel welcomed by other feminists, they may be less likely to be active feminists themselves, even if they believe in equality of genders. Men can also use their male privilege to help. "Straight white men will always have straight white privilege in our society. But I want those men to use their straight white male privilege to help us, and to help themselves too." When men are included in feminism, everybody is ultimately benefitted. Fosco also touches on the importance of teaching our boys to be feminists, which can only be done by including men in the conversation of feminism.
Michael Alison Chandler discusses how only a fraction of people who indicated attendance at the Women's March were men, even though men consist of half of the human population. Although women's rights are for everybody and there are many male supporters of feminism, many of these male supporters are unfortunately "quiet supporters" unlike many of their female counterparts who take more direct action to promote feminism. Chandler believes that men supporting feminism should take "some risks in challenging other men, and literally stand up to the bullying that comes from the right about masculinity." Many people, including men, are supporters of gender equality; however, these men should be more vocal in their support in order to truly make a change and promote the betterment of society.
Serena K. Martinez believes that men are capable of being feminists. However, "if they want the ability to label themselves as such, they need to be active in the movement and help it progress." Martinez stresses the importance of a man's activeness in this movement and how their actions can make a meaningful impact on feminism. For example, men can hold their friends accountable when they make inappropriate or sexist jokes. Actions speak loudly, and men can help by making the effort to promote feminism, educate themselves and others, and become involved in specific activities such as marching for feminism. Martinez ultimately believes that the involvement of men in feminism is an essential part of its progression. When men are active feminists, they share a message to the world that feminism is for everybody, feminism is important, and feminism is for the betterment of all of society, including men themselves.