My name is Mike. I'm seventeen, and I live in
Jersey [I'm bumped back and forth between my
mother's house in north jersey & my father's
house in south jersey]. I have supported the
idea of feminism since about seventh or eighth
grade when i first started listening to Bikini
Kill. I often look at situations, and apply feminism
to them in my mind.
Doing this has compelled me to write small essays
and papers on feminism & feminist theory,
seen by myself only of course. Recently in my
English class we had to write on a social issue
that effects us. While most of the conservative
republicans in my class did anti abortion and
pro-war in Iraq, I did feminist issues of today,
which my feminist liberal teacher was quite happy
with. I think the purpose of my e-mail is, I
don't know, almost to ask if it is alright if
a male writes thesis and theory on feminism.
Even though I consider myself a male feminist,
sometimes I feel a bit intimidated by the things
that I read written by fellow feminists. Thank
you for taking the time out to read my letter.
I'm glad that you reached out. First,
sorry that you have to live in the land of
conservatism. It's much easier living life in
NYC and pretending that this is the norm.
think that men can and should be feminists
-- not only to benefit the fight for women's
equality, but for themselves. There are so many
issues that men are equally struggling with --
access to affordable and quality health care,
flex time at work, better salaries, more career
options. It use to be that men contributed to
feminism by fighting for these things for women,
when in reality, they too have to fight for these
things. I'm sure that there are other more obvious
things just at your high school.
Thanks for sharing
and you certainly are as entitled as I am to
own the feminist label.