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5 mic-drops from Obama’s unprecedented new essay on feminism.

"It's important that their dad is a feminist, because now that's what they expect of all men."

Obama has fully embraced the F-word, and he's not afraid to show it.

The F-word being feminism, of course.

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In a new essay published in Glamour, the president dove into our collective successes — and the hurdles that remain — when it comes to gender equality.

And honestly? It just might be the most feminist article a sitting president has ever written.

The whole piece nails why need to be changing our laws — and our attitudes — to promote a more equal future. But a few lines really stood out as deserving of an "Oh, hell yeah!"

1. Obama is not here for the double standard that congratulates a man for being a sexual person while shaming women for the same thing.

"We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs."

Obama and famed feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

2.  The president gets that there's only so much he can do to boost equality as a policymaker — we have to change our hearts and minds.

"While I’ll keep working on good policies — from equal pay for equal work to protecting reproductive rights — there are some changes that have nothing to do with passing new laws. In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves."

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3. Obama predicts all of the men in Sasha and Malia's lives will wear the "feminist" badge proudly. And he expects nothing less.

"Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else. It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men."

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4. The president made sure to note that women have been just as influential in shaping this great country as men — even if they haven't been recognized for it.

"I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this, too, is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too."

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5. And finally, he made it very clear: Feminism doesn't just benefit half of our society — everyone wins when equality is the norm.

"I want [our sons and daughters] to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will. That’s what twenty-first century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free."

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As Obama understands, feminism shouldn't be a politically charged term — it should be an idea that every president fights for.

That's one legacy that will live long past his eight years in the White House.

Head on over to Glamour to read all of Obama's essay.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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