Find Out Which Male Just Said: “Screw Don Draper, I Am A Feminist”

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The “F” word. So many people are scared of it, it makes people cringe, and both men and women think negatively of it. But “feminism” or being identified as a “feminist” is probably the most empowering statement one can make about themselves, regardless of your gender. Why? Because despite some right-wing verbal vomit which preaches that anyone who is a feminist hates men and hates bras, the truth is much more valid and important.

Nigerian author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes a feminist like this in a powerful TED Talk which was sampled on Beyonce’s track ‘Flawless’: “The person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

We recently launched an exciting event for women in Los Angeles called “The F Word” where 70 women came to hear 6 amazing female speakers talk about a range of topics, all in a bid to redefine feminism for this era. It is an important cause, and one that is shared by many others.

Students at the Mcgill Law School ‘Feminist Collective’ in Montreal, Canada decided to go public with their affirmations and created a photography project where men and women of all backgrounds, races and persuasions gave reasons why they are not afraid to be identified as a ‘feminist’.

“There is a lot of negative criticism concerning the merits of feminism and what it represents. It is often seen as a privileged and elitist group, one that discounts and silences the voices of minorities,” says second-year law student Aishah Nofal to Huffpost Canada.

“We want to reclaim the term, deconstruct the misconceptions attached to the term feminist, and demonstrate that feminism is something that is inclusive and does represent different voices,” she says.

The school put out a casting call on the campus’ law community toward the end of 2013, and surprisingly most of the 60 or so candidates who applied were male! One of those awesome males said “I saw screw Don Draper, I am a feminist”. He’s not the only male in shunning the Man Med approach to women, as US President Barack Obama hates the term himself , which he explained at the State of the Union address in January 2014 where he advocated the end of the gender wage gap in America.

“Women make up about half of our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014 it’s an embarrassment. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode,” he said, which became a viral twitter quote

To see all of the pictures featured in the Mcgill Law School project, go to their Tumblr page, but we wanted to share a few of our favorites below.

Each of these statements reaffirms that feminism shouldn’t be thought of in such narrow terms as society dictates. Since it is about equality for all, then no matter who you are, where you are from and how you think, if you agree with equality for men and women, then feminism is for you. Thank you McGill Law School for breaking down stereotypes in this project!

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