Not just in feminist theory, but as a society, we tend to have a dualistic mindset. It’s either black or white–there’s no grey area–because we dislike ambiguity. And I believe this type of thinking leads people to stereotype feminists as “man-hatters.” Personally, I value the men in my life as much as the women. I am a feminist AND I don’t hate men; therefore, in accordance with this week’s topic “CeleBeauties,” I would like to shed light on a few male celebrities who are feminists/advocate feminism.
John Legend:When he is not melting hearts with his sultry voice, John Legend uses his celebrity platform to advocate for women’s rights. At the Sound Of Change Live concert in 2013, he stated,
“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”
When he’s not encouraging us on our lowest days via flyers around campus, Ryan Gosling speaks the truth about how women are portrayed in film. Here is a quote from Mr. Gosling slamming the media for their discomfort with a scene in “Blue Valentine” depicting a woman receiving oral sex:
“The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario”
Yes, Bradley Cooper is beautiful inside and out. According to Business Insider, he was reported saying that in order to bridge Hollywood’s gender pay gap, he would begin to share salary information with his female costars. In his conversation with Reuters, Cooper states,
“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people…But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”
According to bell hooks, we should view men as “comrades in struggle.” I completely agree because, as feminist, we mustn’t neglect those who raise young men/have strong ties with men. John Legend, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and all of you other men out there who support the movement–we’re glad to have you on our boat.