Posted by: unhcragd | September 1, 2009

10 Easy Ways For Men (and Women!) to Become Better Feminists

What is feminism? It is a political movement supporting the equality of sexes in all aspects of public and private life. I often hear men wonder what they can do to support feminism. Here are 10 suggestions for all of us:

  • Don’t laugh at sexist jokes.
  • Belly laugh to the comic genius of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • Move to clean up dishes after a meal before anyone else does.
  • Read biographies about women.  Start with Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein by Miranda Seymour. Move on to Do They Hear You When You Cry –  a stunning political and personal journey by and about Fauziya Kassindja; a woman from Togo who sought asylum from the practice of female genital mutilation.
  • Read more literature, watch films created by women.  Check out the mind-boggling book Orlando by Virginia Woolf.  Then watch the beautiful film of the same name by director Sally Potter.
  • Stop to consider what it means that one in three women in the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.   At least 1 in 4 college women will survive a sexual assault during her academic career.   Now, look around at your female relatives, friends and colleagues.
  • Seek opportunities to mentor women and girls.
  • Stop to wonder whether your work colleague actually was overlooked for that promotion because she was a woman.
  • March with a woman’s group at a political rally.  Have fun.
  • Suggest 10 additional easy ways for all of us to become better feminists.
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Responses

  1. Here are a couple I thought of . . .

    Challenge those who insist on continually evaluating the clothing choices of prominent women leaders rather than focusing on their contributions.

    Don’t dismiss critical statements by female colleagues with “She must be pregnant” or “It must be PMS.”

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  2. if you have any little girl in your life who looks up to you ––encourage her ambition as much as you would a boy’s.


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