Don’t you love synchronicity? It’s like a pat on the back from the universe.
Earlier this week I wrote about the numerous benefits for men who advance women in the workplace. Then, in today’s edition of The Shriver Report, there was a link to a terrific piece entitled “23 Ways Feminism Has Made the World a Better Place for Men.”
The post opens with this observation: “The first thing that comes to mind when you think of feminism probably isn’t men. But gender equality doesn’t just uplift women; it uplifts everyone.”
Here are just a few of the 23 ways that feminism has lifted the boat for men. I wholeheartedly encourage you to read them all. Some moved me so much, tears came to my eyes.
- Feminism successfully overturned laws that discriminate against men. (In reviewing a case filed by a man, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that it was unconstitutional to treat women and men differently under the law.)
- It helped male survivors of violence in the military pursue justice. (The majority of military sexual assault victims are male.)
- It ensured that the burden of war doesn’t only fall on male shoulders. (In 2013, nearly a quarter million military jobs were opened to women when the Department of Defense lifted the ban on women in combat roles.)
- It enabled men to spend more time with their children. (Thanks to paternity leave and women sharing the role of breadwinner.)
- It triggered the FBI to change the definition of rape to include men. (Thanks to the “Rape Is Rape” campaign launched by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. magazine.)
- It demanded that the media change its representation of men. (It challenged unhealthy gender norms where men are taught to be dominant and aggressive.)
For the other 17 ways, read the full post on PolicyMic.com.
Help for Our Boys
More synchronicity. Yesterday PBS interviewed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom about her recently completed film, The Mask You Live In, which examines the mixed messages we send our boys on what it means to be a man.
“The problem lies in the larger culture in which we reside and raise our children, purporting that a man’s value lies in his power, dominance and control at the expense of his empathy, care and collaboration,” Newsom told PBS. “There is still a huge cultural stigma around boys’ and men’s emotions and personal struggles.”
The Mask You Live In will be released later this year. Its trailer, which will give you an excellent preview of the film, went viral earlier this year.