Feminism used to have a bad reputation. It was associated with a lot of bra burning and man hating. Why? Because of the patriarchy. Thankfully, these days things are changing for the better and with each day more and more people learn that feminism has nothing to do with those horrible stereotypes, and is in fact a simple belief that everyone should have equal rights. Lots of famous women have spoken about it and spread the message so that more women can find out about feminism and realize that they, in fact, have always been feminists, they just didn’t know. Contrary to popular belief, feminism isn’t just about women, it’s about equal rights for everyone and men can be feminists too. So let’s take a look at some male celebs who are proud feminists.
1. Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth is not only Thor the God of Thunder, conqueror of women’s hearts. He’s always a perfect gentlemen, speaks out about equal rights and when asked if he’s a feminist he always responds with an enthusiastic YES. In fact, when asked about his view on feminism in one of his interviews he answered with “My mom’s a big feminist. I think that my views on things, as far as respect for women and so on, came from my mom. My dad has a very balanced and respectful view on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life.”
2. Chris Pratt
Here’s another famous Chris that also proudly calls himself a feminist. He does it in his own way, by pointing out how women get objectified. At one of the red carpets he kept annoying journalists to ask him who is he wearing, because that’s what women get asked all the time. When someone finally agreed to ask him that he replied with “I’m wearing a human who’s name used to be Chris Pratt”. See, you can be a feminist and make jokes at the same time.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
We knew good old Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn’t just a pretty face and a talented man, he’s also a believer in equal rights in the most pure way. During his interview on Ellen he said “I feel like, whether it’s a woman or a man, that you don’t have to be defined by your gender. You can be whatever you want to be. You don’t have to fit into the boxes that someone might tell you have to fit into. That’s what it [feminism] means to me”.
4. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel is a proud feminist and often talks about his belief in equal rights. He grew up alongside Emma Watson, and saw how different men and women sometimes get treated. When he was cast in Horns he found out that the public finds it hard to see him in an adult and slightly sexy role because they still associate him with a young boy he played in Harry Potter. He had a perfect reply to that, which was “Well the male population had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson immediately”. That’s right, Dan, you point out how ridiculous these double standards are.
5. Harry Styles
Harry Styles might have a bit of a reputation because of how many women he’s dated for someone of his age, but turns out he really loves and respects women. He supported Emma Watson in her #HeForShe campaign, he’s been seen wearing a shirt that says “women are smarter” and he even attended a women’s march to support equal rights.
6. Prince Harry
Prince Harry might be one of the most privileged people in the world, yet he still understands the importance of equal rights, and what role men play in it. “We know that when women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them: their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women. We men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve” – says Prince Harry.
7. Benedict Cumberbatch
It’s not a secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the nicest and most polite people in showbiz and he’s always ready to point it out when women are treated wrong. When a journalist told Keira Knightley she looks worn out he pointed out that it’s not a very nice thing to say to one of the most beautiful women in the world, which was a great way of telling the journalist he’s being rude and giving a compliment to Keira. In his interview with Caitlin Moran he told about how much he doesn’t like that his fans are called cumberbitches: ”It’s not even politeness. I won’t allow you to be my bitches. I think it sets feminism back so many notches. You are… Cumberpeople”.
8. Mark Ruffalo
Even the Hulk is a great believer in women’s rights. He went to speak about women’s reproductive rights and this is what he had to say: “There’s a common sense and a wisdom and a decency in women that needs to be upheld. That doesn’t warrant being pushed back 30 years into the whole nightmare that brought about the abortion rights movement. As a man I see no wisdom in going backwards.”
9. Aziz Ansari
This wonderful actor and comedian just finds it incredibly strange that there are some people that can’t grasp the concept of feminism. He believes that if you’re ever asked if you’re a feminist – everyone should answer with ‘yes’, because it’s common sense, because it just means you believe men and women should have equal rights. He also has a humorous way to explain what’s feminism and that’s : ”You’re a feminist if you go to a Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert and you’re not like, ‘Mmm, I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 percent less money than Jay-Z”
10. Barack Obama
Barack Obama is a role model on so many levels, but when it comes to feminism – he’s a shining example of what all men should really think about. When talking about his two daughters Sasha and Malia he said “Yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men”.
11. Will Smith
Will Smith is a great man and a wonderful dad. He knows how to raise a great daughter and how to teach her that she’s in charge of her life, not anyone else. You might think – how does one do it, it’s such a big concept to teach a little girl, but really, Will Smith is proof that feminism can be seen in the smallest things. Here’s a great example of what he said about Willow: “If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.”
12. John Legend
John Legend stepped up when the mother of his child was getting a bunch of mommy-shaming and tweeted this: “Funny there’s no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We’ll split it.”