Such is the vision of David Moscrop:
If true equality is to be achieved between men and women, men are going to have to enlist as feminists. This begins with men realizing that being a “man” is complicated, variable, and has nothing to do with sports, worn jokes, and preserving unjust and unearned privilege. It proceeds when men realize that they are bound up in those social structures that obscure, oppress, and abuse many women. But the pursuit of equality never ends. Instead it remains active as a constant and critical reflection about how we engage with one another as gendered human beings and action toward remedies.
I’m not sure that every man should be a feminist. Personally, I’ve toyed with the idea of being a feminist here and here. Nonetheless, I think Mr. Moscrop’s piece is pretty on the ball. One less-noticed aspect of chauvinism and misogyny that has always bothered me is that it diminishes men.* Chauvinism doesn’t just pigeon-hole women, as Mr. Moscrop notes, it pigeon-holes men, too. Further, it limits the prospects of men. I do not know how one could fully experience life if one only had relationships with subjugated women. There’s something fantastic about meeting and dating (let alone marrying) a confident, empowered woman.** Life would suck if I was stuck with some meek, infantile woman.
*This is probably the worst topic to address in a post about the oppression of women.
**I know, I know. My hetero bias is shining through. Having only ever dated women, it’s all I have to draw upon.