"Feminism Isn't Just for Women"
Feminism, a word that holds meaning for some and misunderstanding for others.
We interviewed Kelland Brewer, a student at Utah State University and the Center for Women and Gender’s newest office assistant, and asked him what feminism meant to him.
“Feminism isn’t just for women – it is for anyone who believes in gender equality,” Brewer said.
Unafraid of the stigma usually attached to the word feminist, Brewer is proud to claim the title. His opinion on feminism was formed when he took a philosophy class which forced him to see past the negative connotation usually related to the word feminism or feminist. He realized that feminism wasn’t a negative thing, but a common belief most people hold to be true.
“Most people do believe in women’s rights, and believe that women are equal to men,” Brewer said.
Brewer isn’t the only man that believes in gender equality. Many men in the public eye have expressed their opinions on feminism.
For example, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt stated his stance on feminism in an interview with The Daily Beast, he said, “I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”
Another example is artist John Legend when he said, “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.”
These men prove that anyone can be a feminist no matter your gender, all it takes is a belief in equality.
“You can be a man and be a feminist. Most men are, they just don’t know that’s what it means,” Brewer said.
Helping men understand the meaning of feminism can help in the fight for gender equality. If more men identified themselves as feminists the world would become a different place. Having the support of men facilitates more change and a better world for women.