5 Things Manly Men Need To Know About Feminism

Recently, Emma Watson launched the HeForShe campaign and proceeded to tweet pictures of super hot hipster guys who supported her cause. Great—I hope this inspires men everywhere to grow a little more facial hair. But why haven’t we offered to help the men who don’t quite understand feminism and are afraid to admit it? Ladies, don’t assume your man is uninterested in feminism. Perhaps he is just frightened by your bizarre collection of Hillary Clinton paraphernalia. And gentlemen don’t be afraid to discuss this topic with your woman, maybe start off with something about Beyoncé, you can’t go wrong with that. Plus, you clicked on this article so you are already more of a feminist than you think.

1. You don’t really have to do anything except think.

No one has the right to tell you what type of feminist you are supposed to be. I am a huge personal fan of dirty degrading rap music and can sing along seamlessly to every word of “Superman” by Eminem. But then again, gangsta rap made me do it. You don’t have to
protest outside of Hobby Lobby, and you don’t have to date a girl who doesn’t shave her armpits. The first step towards being a feminist is changing the way you think about women. First, try to look at her face before her breasts. Second, imagine having a wife who has a full-time job. Third, ask a woman if she wants you to touch her rather than just doing it. Catch my drift?

2. Being a feminist is not just for females.

“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” If you read that line using Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s accent, then you are absolutely Flawless and I bet you woke up like this. Regardless, nowhere in the definition of feminism does it state that you must be female. If you think your mother, sister, daughter or girlfriend deserves the same rights as you do, then you sir, are a feminist.

3. Being a feminist does not make you less manly.

I, for one, know that I am guilty of holding men to stereotypes that are just as awful as the ones they hold me to. You may not be victims of thousands of years of gender repression, but men you are definitely struggling under the thumb of this regime. If men no longer feel the need to prove their physical superiority, then women will no longer feel the need to prove their passivity. A woman who considers you to be less of a man because you show her respect, has no self-respect to begin with. And other men, who don’t agree with your tasteful appreciation of the female sex, probably spend more time degrading women than actually sleeping with them.

4. You will get more girls by calling yourself a feminist.

Bitches love feminism. (Yes, some feminists use the word bitch!). By shamelessly admitting that you are a feminist, you are declaring to your woman that you respect her just as much as you respect yourself. Even if you are the least interesting human on the planet, stand behind feminism, and you will be cooler than the other side of the pillow.

5. Last but not least, feminists do not hate you.

Not all feminists are man-haters, and not all man-haters are feminists. We are not out to emasculate you, and we do not want your jobs. We simply want to live our lives without the fear of sexual assault; we want to do the jobs we love while receiving a fair pay; and we want to live in a world where we are seen as humans instead of objects. Personally, I love men. You are magical, intelligent, mysterious human beings who have charmed the souls of women and made our bodies sing since the beginning of time. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

I am a 23-yea-old female living, working, and writing in New York City.

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