Sure, there are a lot of women we can find and follow online who are badass female business owners and feminists. But what about dudes? Unfortunately, there are not so many publicly open male feminists out there. We, however, found a bunch. And it gives us big hopes for the future where men also contribute to the “feminism” movement, not just verbally, but with their actions.
Alexis Ohanian Sr.
Alexis Kerry Ohanian is an American IT business mogul and investor. In tech circles, he’s known as the co-founder of the social news website Reddit. But in “the other news,” he’s better known as the husband of one of the truest queens, tennis superstar, Serena Williams. Since becoming a father to Alexis Olympia, his mutual child with Williams, Ohanian was actively promoting fatherhood in general, and paid paternity leave.
In his recent Instagram post, he said, “It’s not a question of IF we’ll get #paidfamilyleave in the USA, just a matter of WHEN. And WHEN we do, we need dads to take full advantage of it. Do it. Tell your boss… that I have your back.”
Ohanian himself took 16 paid weeks away from Reddit after the birth of his child, according to qz.com. So now he wants to popularize the notion that men and women share equal responsibility for parenting. “… the real magic here is seeing a career dad talking about it. I know we’re in a phase where it’s still a little bit of an anomaly, and so the end goal is for this to just be normal.”
Philippe von Borries
Not so public as many others, Philippe von Borries is the CEO of Refinery29, Inc., the major media company that has a huge female audience in the US (just 2.3M followers on Instagram only), and posts a lot about feminism.
He’s also a “proud dad,” as his Instagram bio caption says and frequently posts photos with his daughter.
One of his recent posts criticized the Alabama and Georgia potential abortion ban. Borries also revealed that his first girlfriend had to go through an abortion. “I felt relieved that my girlfriend was on the same page about the choice. I didn’t think about it that much, to be honest. We had access to care, we went to the clinic, she had the procedure.”
Borries is also one of 180 CEOs who have signed a letter published in The New York Times supporting reproductive healthcare. “Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time. When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it,” Borries wrote in his Instagram post. “Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and audience.”
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I am proud to be a signatory of this letter published in @nytimes supporting reproductive healthcare on behalf of @refinery29 — along with a coalition of 180 other CEOs. Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time. When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it. Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and audience. Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce piplelines, recruit top talent across all states, and protect the well being of all the people who keep our business thriving day in and out. More so than ever, businesses have a responsibility to take a stance and we are honored to join so many companies across industries representing more than 108,000 workers across the US in taking a stand for reproductive care. #DontBanEquality.com
We all know John Legend for his amazing music career. We’ve also recently discovered that John isn’t afraid to put feminism inside his music. His music video, “You & I (Nobody In The World)” promotes body love and self-acceptance in women.
One thing that Legend does is talking to men about the importance of being feminists (something we rarely see coming from men). At the March 2013 Sound Of Change Live concert, he told the crowd: “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.”
Also, his video interview with Makers, confirms his strong feminist views once more.
We surely don’t need to introduce Will Smith to anybody here, do we? But did you know about Smith being a feminist?
In his May 2012 interview with Parade, the actor revealed that he’s let his daughter Willow cut off all of her hair. “When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body?” Smith continued. “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.”
Smith also often posts content that supports feminism and female empowerment on his Instagram profile. His most recent post (which went viral, by the way) features a little girl explaining that girls don’t need boys to take them to see the world. You need to take a look at this one to understand the whole buzz.
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Repost @simply_madisonjade ・・・ We are going to see the new Aladdin movie tomorrow, and someone has an opinion about Jasmine’s lack of independence! 😂 #maddiecakes #simplymadisonjade #aladdin #aladdinmovie #princessjasmine #girlpower #worryaboutyourself #explore #instacute #instagram #instaadorable #instatoddler #instakids #humor #funny
Ashton Kutcher, the actor, producer, and now tech entrepreneur and investor, doesn’t slack when it comes to talking about the importance of feminism and women having equal rights with men.
In his 2011 interview with Movieline, he said of how poorly most sex education addresses female sexuality, “The male orgasm is actually right there and readily available to learn about because it’s actually part of the reproductive cycle, but the female orgasm isn’t really talked about in the education system.” He continued saying, “Part of that creates a place where women aren’t empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves, and from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that’s empowered with her own sexuality is a powerful thing.”
Gender equality isn’t the only thing Kutcher isn’t afraid to talk about. In 2917, he gave an emotional speech on modern slavery to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing that took place on Shine a Light on Slavery Day.
Who else would you add to this list? Any other feminist men that inspire you with actions, not words only?