Ask any woman and, unless she’s Tomi Lahren or Kellyanne Conway, she’ll likely agree that feminist men are the sexiest men. Nothing gets me hotter than hearing a powerful man proudly declare his stance as a feminist. It may not be the “cool” thing or the “manliest” thing, but it is the RIGHT thing, and for these male celebs, that is more important than the fragility of masculinity.
Ryan Gosling is a nearly perfect human. It’s okay to just accept that as fact, unfathomable as it may be. When his movie “Blue Valentine” was saddled with an NC-17 rating due entirely to the fact that Michelle Williams enjoys some oral sex in a scene, he was livid at the hypocrisy:
You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen… The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.
Sir Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart is also a nearly perfect human. This is evident in every aspect of his life, including but not limited to, the adorable pit-bull he is currently fostering and has fallen hopelessly in love with. Stewart grew up in an abusive home, in which he witnessed his father assault his mother frequently. In a powerful speech for Amnesty International in 2009, he discussed this abuse, and why it was on men to ensure it doesn’t happen, not women:
Violence is a choice. And it’s a choice that a man makes. We can choose to stop it.
Not only can John Legend melt us into a puddle of swooning, melting feels with that velvety voice of his, he just gets us, too. If it wasn’t obvious by the fact that he actually somehow managed to win the heart of the magnificent-in-every-way Chrissy Tiegan, it was certainly made plain during his speech at the Sound of Change Live concert in 2013:
All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place… We are better off when women are empowered — it leads to a better society.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those rare gems that was able to transition from the his role as a successful child star into a full-blown movie star. He is immensely talented, and very vocal and secure in his feminist status:
My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She would always point out to my brother and me that our culture does often portray women like objects… She wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies and on magazines all the time. And if you don’t stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality.
When Ryan Reynolds was asked about whether or not he thought women would like ‘Deadpool’ at a press junket, which honestly is a terrible fucking question to begin with, he gave this picture-perfect response:
Women love f*cking superhero movies! Clearly they go to these movies. It’s sort of funny that studios are sort of the last to know that… I think the action and the humour is what appeals to women, you know, the same thing.
I may be a bit bias on this one, as I’ve loved Will Smith for almost the entirety of my life, and that’s no lie. I’ve always admired him as an actor, creator, celeb, and general human being. Because I’ve loved him for so long and followed his career, it was no surprise to find that he was also a proud feminist, especially regarding his daughter Willow. He “let” her cut off all her hair a couple years back and when asked about it, he nailed his response, as per usual:
We let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? 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. She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives.
Back in 2002, way before being a male-feminist was trendy, Blair Underwood stated in an interview at the March for Women’s Rights in Washington D.C. that he was pro-choice:
Basically it boils down to the government or legislative body telling me what I can and cannot do in planning my own family. So, if you are going to tell a woman what to do, that woman may be my wife, that woman may be my girlfriend. That doesn’t sit well with me to tell them and to tell me what I can’t do with my family. So, in a nutshell, that’s basically why I’m here, and that’s why it’s important for most of us men to be here. Because, you can’t live in this world, obviously, without coming into contact with women. I mean, a woman is my mother, gave me life, gave me sisters. I have a girlfriend I love dearly. All of that comes into play. It’s not about abortion being right or wrong. It’s about having that choice to decide what a person should do with their own body.
Ian Somerhalder is more than just a pair of perfect blue eyes– he’s a vocal feminist, too. He participated in the UK Women’s Aid ‘Real Man’ campaign, and explained why he believed it was so important to stand up for women and against domestic violence:
I wanted to take part in this campaign because it’s so easy to forget the many women live their lives in fear because of domestic violence. Men have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse their partners.
Women creators have always faced challenges that man do not, but perhaps none so much as women in comedy, video games and comics. On women in comedy, however, Andy Samberg is one of the most vocal pioneers of change:
It’s crazy. Since there have been men and women, there have been funny women… f**king idiot-ass men keep saying that women aren’t funny. It makes me crazy. I find it disgusting and offensive every time.
President Barack Obama
Dear POTUS: PLEASE COME BACK. We need you now more than ever. Sincerely, Sane Americans. But seriously, President Obama was undoubtedly the most feminist president we have ever had. He’s always been a vocal advocate for women’s rights, and has made it clear that he intends to do all that he can to ensure his lovely daughters get a fair shake. That is one reason among many that he enacted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which allows women to file fair pay suits against employers for up to six months following their last paycheck. Regarding this landmark legislation, President Obama stated:
Too often women can’t access the information they need to fight the pay discrimination… Women can’t wait for equal pay. And I won’t stop fighting to address this inequality.
Cheers to these men and the many others that put themselves out there and fight alongside us in the battle for a better world. Male feminists aren’t always perfect, but we need to be more understanding of willing allies. They may not truly understand our plight at their core, but we can get them there with open, honest conversation.
After all, it’s not about usurping the men (well… not yet, anyway), it’s about paving the path to working together, on equal ground at every level. Once we conquer that, we can work on turning the world into Valhalla. Just kidding! Kind of…
Dani Strehle, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, is hoping to reshape the narrative to leave behind a better world for her daughters, so that they may sustain, rather than battle and rebuild.