In this episode, we have a lighter take on the topic of male feminists. Inspired by Barack Obama’s letter about a man’s responsibility to be an equal partner & feminist, we explore the increasing popularity and emergence of male celebrities taking up the male feminist mantle (such as Aziz Ansari, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Terry Crews, etc.), and how being a male feminist is and should be more than just being supportive of gender equality. We dig deeper into the nuances of what exactly does it mean to be a male feminist, looking at its various responsibilities and comparing it to other alternative titles or labels such as male allies or being pro-feminist. These labels are particularly useful for those who are just not yet ready to call themselves full-fledged male feminists — though they do come with their own pitfalls. We provide some helpful tips and advice on how men can be better feminists and/or allies. Lastly, we end with a beautifully penned essay by our latest male-feminist-love, Orange is the New Black actor Matt McGorry, on how becoming a feminist ‘felt like falling in love.’
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