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Watch Men Learn What Feminism Means And Then Realize Something Obvious

In 1986, Marie Shear wrote: "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." I've been a feminist unknowingly since I was born and knowingly for the last eight years or so. It wasn't until a feminist friend pointed out the definition to me that I realized I actually was one.

According to Webster's dictionary, Feminism is "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." If you think women and men are humans and believe that they should be treated equally, congratulations, you are a feminist.

To prove this, Upworthy hit the streets of New Orleans and asked several men if they believe in equal rights for women. Unsurprisingly, they all said yes.


Initially, when we asked them if they were feminists, one-third said yes and two-thirds no. But once we explained what feminism actually is, the majority of them agreed that they just might be feminists too.

It's really not that hard to be a feminist.

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Yep, I'm a dude. I'm also a feminist (and a humanist too, though they are different things.) What does that mean? It means I think men and women should have equal rights and equal opportunity. What doesn't it mean? It doesn't mean I think women should have more rights than men. It doesn't mean I think men don't struggle too, in different ways. It doesn't mean that I want to force everyone else to think or act a certain way. It doesn't mean I want to create a feminist army riding velociraptors feasting upon the men who disagree with me.

It just means I think women and men are humans who should have equal rights and opportunities. If you disagree with that, then I can't help you. You can be a feminist and want good things for men. In fact, I don't know any feminists who want men to suffer at the expense of women. Because as I mentioned three times already, feminism is about equal rights and opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender or skin tone or age or ability or anything else.

Are you a feminist?

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