Katherine Klaus lists fifteen reasons men should be downright enthusiastic about the feminist movement.
As someone once said when they were misquoting Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come”. In my experience this is true, if by “build it” you mean “write anything about women on the Internet” and by “come” you mean “post sexist and regressive comments”. While my commenters are mostly respectful and awesome, the same cannot be said for certain of those at The Age or news.com.au, or indeed any site that has a wider readership than mine. While I’m no stranger to the internet and get that trolls will be trolls, I’m still genuinely puzzled by many of the average men who seem actually threatened by talk of feminism, apparently concluding that women, at best, are unfairly competing with them for jobs, or at worst, intend to usurp their place in society completely.
It seems to me that while we’re pretty good at letting women know about the benefits of feminism, a lot of these arguments are being lost on, or ignored by, some guys who seem to think our movement doesn’t affect them, or worse, is out to subjugate and disenfranchise them.
May I present, then, 15 upsides of feminism – for dudes. (And no, not one of them is ‘basic fairness’, although you can have that as a bonus #16 if you want.)