Quote of the Day: “All men should be feminists”

So says John Legend.

“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”

Via Shakesville.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • John

    People may not realize this, but it has been my unscientific observation that most MRAs and anti-feminists were either former or almost feminists. My personal experience was as an almost feminist. I looked at feminism first, but didn’t find a place for me. Does that mean I don’t care about women’s issues? I do, but I also care about men’s issues and issues of fairness. How many times have men made comments on feminist discussion boards and received charges of derailing or what about the mehnz?

    As I’ve listened to feminists, I’ve grown softer in that particular criticism. I’ve come to realize that women need spaces where they can discuss their concerns and life experience without fear that men’s experience will take over the conversation. I’ve come to understand that resources are limited and it’s okay for feminists to be focused on women’s issues. What creates an MRA is the existence of both. When you can’t articulate and therefore receive validation of and support for your experiences in discussions about women and discussions about men are rarely initiated in feminist spaces, where do you turn? It seems twisted to tell a male victim of rape that his focus should be on ending sexual violence against women.