So often we hear claims that feminism only cares about women, that feminism does nothing to change the gender biases that disadvantage men. Anyone who has truly investigated the movement, however, will tell you that feminism actually is about equality and equity for ALL genders. This article from PolicyMic provides 23 great examples of ways that feminism has actually helped men. Yes, MEN!
A few of my favorites:
#3: It successfully overturned laws that discriminate against men.
Who knew that there used to be a law in Oklahoma restricting men from drinking until age 21, while women were allowed to drink at age 18? Feminists, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, were instrumental in overturning this law.
#7: It triggered the FBI to change the definition of rape to include men.
Many opponents of feminism claim that it treats rape as a strictly female problem. On the contrary, feminism recognizes that rape happens to all genders and seeks to reduce the stigma around male rape. Until recently, the FBI’s definition of rape only included women, and feminists were the driving force behind changing that. (See also #12: It made prisons safer for male inmates).
#13: It enabled men to spend more time with their children.
Now that women can also contribute financially to their family, it means that men can spend less time working and more time with their children. Children who spend more time with their fathers are more likely to excel academically and less likely to abuse drugs. Additionally, children whose fathers do more than 40% of the household chores are more likely to succeed!
#16: It ensured men get vital reproductive health services.
Planned Parenthood was founded by a women and is viewed as a women’s organization, but it also provides services for men.
#20: It demanded the media change its representation of men.
Feminist organizations, including The Representation Project, have been drawing awareness to the negative impacts that stereotypes have on all genders. Feminists are fighting for men to be represented as more than just strong, violent and emotionless people and for every person to be able to be who they are, no matter their gender.
So the next time someone complains to you that feminists don’t care about men, just send this article their way 😉