10 Easy Ways For Men (and Women!) to Become Better Feminists

What is feminism? It is a political movement supporting the equality of sexes in all aspects of public and private life. I often hear men wonder what they can do to support feminism. Here are 10 suggestions for all of us:

  • Don’t laugh at sexist jokes.
  • Belly laugh to the comic genius of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • Move to clean up dishes after a meal before anyone else does.
  • Read biographies about women.  Start with Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein by Miranda Seymour. Move on to Do They Hear You When You Cry –  a stunning political and personal journey by and about Fauziya Kassindja; a woman from Togo who sought asylum from the practice of female genital mutilation.
  • Read more literature, watch films created by women.  Check out the mind-boggling book Orlando by Virginia Woolf.  Then watch the beautiful film of the same name by director Sally Potter.
  • Stop to consider what it means that one in three women in the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.   At least 1 in 4 college women will survive a sexual assault during her academic career.   Now, look around at your female relatives, friends and colleagues.
  • Seek opportunities to mentor women and girls.
  • Stop to wonder whether your work colleague actually was overlooked for that promotion because she was a woman.
  • March with a woman’s group at a political rally.  Have fun.
  • Suggest 10 additional easy ways for all of us to become better feminists.

Reprinted with permission from http://itbeginswithme.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/10-easy-ways-for-men-to-become-better-feminists/.