AMEN! On huffingtonpost:
I once asked my friend if she was a feminist. Her response: Of course not.
This aversion to the word “feminism” is not uncommon: The well-publicized portrayal of feminists as angry, man-hating women has preserved the notion that feminism is destructive, dangerous, and to be avoided at all costs. As a result, many celebrities like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Madonna have all rejected the term, claiming that “I don’t really think of it as guys versus girls,” “I love men,” and “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist,” respectively. More recently, Pharrell stated that it wasn’t possible for him to be a feminist because “I’m a man,” and actress Shailene Woodley caused controversy when she rejected feminism because “the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”
To these celebrities — and to anyone else opposed to feminism — I have a request: Please learn what being a feminist actually means. Feminism doesn’t pit guys against girls. It doesn’t call for the downfall of men. It’s not mutually exclusive from humanism. And men can be feminists too.