Why Feminism Is Good For Women And Men
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why Feminism Is Good For Women And Men

It fights for equality across the board, and that includes men.

Why Feminism Is Good For Women And Men

One of the most common criticisms of feminism is that it is an anti male movement. Yes, a title such as "feminism" makes it seem that way, but it's also important to understand that there's much more to a movement than its given title.

Feminism is actually about gender equality. Feminists want women to be given equal treatment and protections that men have. This also involves advocating for equality in the areas of society where we find that men are treated unfairly.

The potential benefits of feminism are well known by women across the globe. But here are some areas of society that feminism can also help men.


"Man up." "Quit being a b*tch." "Why don't you grow a pair?"

Our society has set up a standard of what masculinity should be, and unfortunately, it wasn't one size fits all. Men face pressure daily to act and speak in a certain "manly" way, in order to avoid being teased for not being man enough. Because of this pressure, a lot of us find ourselves in a situation where we feel need to hide the way we feel in order to maintain any respect as men.

This isn't okay, and it's just not healthy. But feminists have been on our side, advocating for our society that everybody is entitled to express how they're feeling, including men.

Custody Hearings

Custody hearings are infamous for sexism towards men. Many times, the courtroom will buy into the nurturing mother stereotype without paying attention to who would actually be fit to have custody of the child. This is bad not just for us, but for the children who might end up in a bad home.

Feminists have and will continue to stand up for fair treatment in the courtroom for both genders.

Domestic Abuse

We hear many devastating stories about women stuck in abusive relationships. But we also need to be reminded that domestic abuse against men also exists and it's more common than people think. One in seven men in the United States will suffer from some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes.

But sometimes they're afraid to speak out because they fear that they'll be viewed as weak. Well the reality is, domestic abuse against men is a real problem that happens way too often, and the last thing they need is for us to shame them for seeking help.

Sexual Assault

It took until 2012 for the FBI to acknowledge that men can also be raped. Until then, they couldn't call it that. Men can be raped too. Some women can overpower their male victim, others could spike their drinks, and many male victims' assaults can involve another male offender.

Starting from its creation through 2012, the FBI demonstrated a shameful example of gender inequality, absent of any equal rights or protections. The new acknowledgement was a step in the right direction for gender equality.

Self Image

Catalogs, magazines, movies and fashion shows, many people are aware of the unrealistic expectations that countless industries set for girls. We're bombarded with ads of beautiful women with a certain type of look and a certain type of weight, making girls detest their own bodies. The cycle of self-hating and insecurity that many girls have been forced into is truly heart braking, and it affects guys too.

Fitness industry profits have reached record levels. A big reason for this is because expectations that are being shoved in women's faces, are also being shoved in our faces. Calvin Klein, Hollister and countless other companies surround their stores with portraits of these great looking guys surrounded with women just gazing at their bodies, which forces some guys to become self conscious about the way they look. Fitness and supplement companies use huge athletes and models, many of them on performance enhancing drugs, to portray an unrealistic expectation of what the product does. These advertisements are then used to prey on guys who are insecure about who they look, turning that insecurity into profit.

Society is making great strides, and partly due to efforts from the feminist movement. We are seeing more "plus size" (Let's get rid of the plus size label by the way. They're just models, who cares about their weight) models in advertisements and on magazine covers and more musicians telling girls to accept the beauty that they already possess. We need to direct those same efforts to guys, so they can know that the meat attached to their bones isn't the only thing that matters.

Career Pursuits

My philosophy is that if you love something, you should pursue it. It doesn't matter what the salary is, and it definitely doesn't matter what your gender is. Men deserve to have the opportunities to pursue whatever career they desire without being judged for it, even the ones that have been stereotyped as feminine such as modeling and nursing.

The workplace as a whole will operate better if we judge everyone based on performance, not gender. And that's what feminism is aiming for.

Feminism isn't just for women. It's for both genders. It isn't about bringing one gender down to reach equality. Quite the opposite. It's about lifting one another up, when there's any form of oppression or unfair treatment. Unfortunately, feminism has gotten a bad reputation due to its message being at times, misinterpreted as anti male. But here's the bottom line: Feminism is not anti male. In fact, men are important allies to the cause. And many times, they find themselves benefitting from gender equality.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments