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11 simple rules for being a male feminist

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Aziz Ansari. John Legend.

These are a few of many male celebrities who have recently come out as feminists. Emma Watson’s high-profile #HeForShe campaign and the White House’s launch of #ItsOnUs against sexual violence have encouraged many more men to think critically about feminism. More importantly, about why it’s necessary to affirm and practice gender equality, given the many ways institutional sexism and the patriarchy have created environments where conventionally white, masculine, cisgender men have power and privilege. 

For men who wish to truly engage in the struggle for gender equality, here are some ways they can help help while remaining cognizant of how their identities may limit their understanding of women’s struggles.

1. Allow women to lead the way | Follow micdotcom

If you see a woman working hard who is successful -who doesn’t stop until she reaches her goal, who is strong and has wishes and dreams she wants to fulfill, and works hard everyday- you label them a diva. But if you see a man doing that, you’re like ‘He’s incredible, he’s an amazing businessman’.
—  Ariana Grande asked if she thinks that women have a tougher time in the music industry. 

What To Do If Your Boyfriend Is Sexist Or Not A Feminist

It’s tough being a woman in society, especially these days. From #GamerGate to the prevalent rape culture to the NFL’s treatment of women, having a vagina is tough. It’s especially tough when you’re a feminist because a lot of people will give you flack for it, even though being a feminist is literally wanting equality of the sexes.

But as a woman in this world, you will inevitably run into someone who hates women or disrespects women or who is sexistWhat do you do if that person is your boyfriend? That’s what you’re talking about on the message boards right now.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mens-rights-activists-make-false-rape-reports-at-occidental-2013-12 

The Men’s Rights subreddit was a flutter of activity last night when one Redditor pointed out that Occidental College has an online form where students can anonymously report sexual assault.

"Feminists at Occidental College created an online form to anonymously report rape/sexual assault. You just fill out a form and the person is called into the office on a rape charge. The ‘victim’ never has to prove anything or reveal their identity," wrote Sh-tlordDon, an active member of the subreddit.

But Dave Futrelle, who runs ManBoobz.com, a site that monitors this stuff, writes that this description is misleading:

"This headline is not only inflammatory but untrue: Yes, Occidental College has an online form that allows victims of or witnesses to sexual assault to report the incidents to the school. But, as a statement at the top of the form makes clear, the point is to collect data on how much sexual violence there is at the school, who the victims are, and so on."

Simply put: no one will be (or was ever going to be) charged with anything as a result of information entered into the form. Nonetheless, overzealous “men’s rights” activists flooded the form with false reports of sexual assault, rendering it useless to those gathering data. If you look through the thread, a few people point out that the effort is in vain, but they are silenced by the wave of Redditors giddily sharing descriptions of their false reports.

Writes Futrelle: ”The moderators of Men’s Rights have done nothing to stop their subreddit being used to interfere with a school’s attempt to assist rape survivors — including men.”




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