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From One Man To Another: How To Embrace Feminism

If you're a man who wants to advocate for feminism, here are a few tips that will help you on your journey.

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1. Read literature by women.

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Put down the tabloids, because they contradict themselves on a daily basis, and explore books written by great writers such as Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, bell hooks, and Simone de Beauvoir. Read books that challenge gender roles and stereotypes. Critique them too.

2. Shut up and listen.

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You will never know what it’s like being a woman, and since you’re pretty new to the whole feminism thing, listening is key. The stories of men are always heard. Women’s voices, on the other hand, are constantly silenced and belittled. Give women the platform and use it as an opportunity to listen.

3. Remove "not all men" from your vocabulary.

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Instead of saying "not all men" when women speak about their experiences, listen to what they're sharing. There will be more opportunities to speak about other issues; just know when and when not to bring them up.

4. Embrace intersectionality.

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Intersectionality involves taking into the account the, erm, intersections that make women different, such as social class, race, sexuality, and nationality. It's easy to say "we're all one people" when you have privilege. It's important to listen to women from all walks of life, not just those who benefit from certain privileges.

5. Learn the difference between feminism and misandry.

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This should actually be the first step. Feminism is simply about equality for all women, while misandry is the hatred of men. Many people get the two confused, mostly out of ignorance, something which is now alien to you.

6. You don't need to become a monk.

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You can still have sex and do other fun things. You don't need to change who you are as a person or your lifestyle.

P.S. Feminists have the best sex, or so I've heard.

8. Assess patriarchy and your masculinity.

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Don’t believe the hype that you have to be really masculine to prove your worth as a man. After further exploration, you will find out that society’s view of masculinity can be crippling and is part of the wider problem.

9. Speak to your friends and family.

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This is the hardest part, but don't be afraid to tell your friends and family that you support feminism. This gives you the opportunity to explain the movement and your understanding of it, so if you get the chance, speak out.

11. Prepare to enter a whole new world of enlightenment.

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However, remember that you’ll always have the privilege, because you know, penises.

You’ll get it wrong at times because you’re unlearning years of social conditioning, but as long as you acknowledge that, you should be OK.

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