Adam Grant wrote about the scepticism that men face when exploring feminism. (“Was he trying to ingratiate himself with women to improve his dating prospects?”) I worry about this myself. What I found most interesting in what he wrote, though, was the effect of inclusive group names and labels. Labelling an organisation “Princeton Men and Women Opposed to Proposition 174” encouraged more advocacy for other genders than “Princeton Opponents of Proposition 174”. Feminism is a label used to describe advocacy for women’s rights. But it also extends to the promotion of gender equality for everyone. Is the label “feminist” exclusive?
- "Why So Many Men Don’t Stand Up for Their Female Colleagues" by Adam Grant, TheAtlantic.com
- bell hooks, Wikipedia (EN)
- "My Strength is not for Hurting" by Leah Hamilton, LeahAlexandraHamilton.tumblr.com
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