Why the Feminist Movement Isn't Just a Women's Issue

Feminism ignites powerful reactions in everyone, but at the crux of it all is human rights. Historically feminism has focused on women gaining power and equality, but in a modern context, it’s become more about the abolition of traditional gender stereotypes and acknowledging people as people, regardless of sex. According to Google Trends, searches for feminism are up 27% this week, unsurprising given its high-profile supporters, from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Ban Bossy movements to Beyoncé’s girl-power ballads—who “Run the World? (Girls)”—and Emma Watson’s #HeforShe campaign. But despite its gender-specific title, feminism isn’t exclusive to women. Many of our favorite male celebrities are flying the feminist flag too and publicly expressing their support for gender equality.

But can men really be feminists? Noah Berlatsky summed it up perfectly in his piece for The Atlantic: “When I call myself a male feminist, I’m not doing it because I think I’m going to save women. I’m doing it because I think it’s important for men to acknowledge that as long as women aren’t free, men won’t be either.” We couldn’t agree more. Scroll down to read some inspiring quotes from our favorite male leads that prove men can be feminists too.