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I included a link in my previous post about men’s role in feminism, and I thought it was such an interesting perspective. When I thought about the topic of feminism, I focused on women and how they contributed to improving their own rights. After reading the article, I realized that even though feminism mainly revolves around women’s activism and how they advocate their beliefs, we tend to overlook men’s role.

Men offer support, not only in a relationship sense, but to help defend their spouse or even friend against mistreatment. They have the ability to voice their opinion just as easily. Just because they are not the same gender, does not mean they cannot relate or have a say on the situation as a whole. Often times, men know women the best since many are married to one or were raised by their mother. They can observe women on a daily basis in a more neutral environment. In addition, they add a different perspective to the situation. They notice small things that other women may overlook and every little detail makes a significant difference. Not to mention, men are more likely to listen to other men’s opinions. If men already do not believe in feminism, why would they listen to what a woman has to say?

I think the article had another good point that the environment people grew up with or live in now has a major impact on their view of feminism. Men who grew up with sisters understand they are not superior to them just because they are physically stronger. Instead men quickly realize their sister can be stronger in other ways like mental or emotional strength. Therefore, they grow more from the drive of one another’s attributes. Likewise, men who raise their daughters understand they must be more sensitive to certain situations because girls handle certain situations differently; however, that should not alter the fact that they deserve equal treatment to a son.

People have to remember women are not the only one’s fighting for their rights of equality. People have to look up and beyond the norm because people everywhere, especially men, have something to say.

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