Anyone can be a feminist. Anyone can be a feminist.
I’ll type that again. Anyone can be a feminist. This includes men.
Men are just as much a part of equality as women. Men are also victims of the patriarchy. The patriarchy tells them that they must be “macho” and “manly” and “to grow a pair” and “man up.” The patriarchy tells men that they can’t show emotion. The patriarchy tells men that they can’t be raped. The patriarchy that tells women they are the primary nurturer in their family is the same patriarchy that tells men they must provide for their family in the form of money, shelter, and food while being the epitome of strength. The patriarchy that says women are more nurturing is the same patriarchy that tells men in court that they cannot have full custody of their child, even if the mother is secretly abusing the child.
This kind of thinking embeds itself into society, and men must hide their emotions to benefit from the patriarchy.
Men get raped. Men get sexually abused. Men get shorted in custody hearings.
Feminism not only stands for women, but for men and people of all sexualities and gender expressions.
One argument against feminism is that it doesn’t represent men. This is false. Feminism works to fight against the patriarchy, which hurts literally everyone in a society, in different ways. The patriarchy tells society that men are strong of mind and will, yet unable to care for their family in the way a stereotypical mother figure can.
As stated many times already, anyone can be a feminist – including men, including the religious, including the teenagers who are not old enough to vote yet. Yes – whoever you are, you can be a feminist.