This statement dates back to 1869 and it was written by a man. It's almost unbelievable, isn't it? But in fact, this is a quote from The Subjection of Women , an essay written by J.S. Mill, an English political economist and philosopher under the reign of Queen Victoria: the perfect example of those who make the rules. Yet, he was one of the early male advocates of women's rights and one of the strongest and most infuential voices of his generation in favour of personal freedom. Mill is a good example to start talking about male feminists and why we all need them.
In history, from the abolitionist movement in the US to the latest pro-feminism, many men have been giving their contribution to the feminist movements around the world. There are so many beautiful and inspiring stories out there that giving a proper account of all of them would take me years. Today, the feminist movement has the support of many high-profle men: from Barack Obama to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Vedder and Prince Harry, important male public fgures are raising their voices to help societies to overcome any form of inequality. Moreover, one of the latest initiatives to increase their presence in the movement is the UN project HeForShe, a real fght for gender equality. This proves that feminism is not anti-male: feminists don't hate men. Feminism is not an exclusive club which indeed excludes people. It is in fact an inclusive movement which, by celebrating diversity, fghts for the acknowledgement of those fundamental rights that even today some people cannot enjoy yet.
Article by Giorgia Damiani