Feminism Is Good For Men, Too
Gender equality is good for men — and for everyone, says CUNY Professor, Michael Kimmel, expert on men and masculinity, and all-around good guy.
Check out his TED Talk. (I summarize his main points below — and add a few of my own.)
How is gender equality good for men? And for everyone?
Men and women both benefit from gender equality
When relationships have equality couples are closer and happier, with greater marital satisfaction. Oh, and there’s more sex.
Gender equality also brings both men and women healthier bodies and less depression. So they are less likely to take drugs — legal or illegal.
I’ll add that feminism also gives men access to their full humanity, so that they needn’t repress healthy parts of their nature — bringing out their caring, nurturing, emotional traits, and letting them admit when they need help.
Children benefit from gender equality
Men who believe in gender equality are more involved with their kids — which makes for happier and healthier dads and kids.
Children with engaged dads are also less likely to have psychological problems, including ADHD, and they’re less likely to be taking any sort of meds.
Not surprisingly, they do better in school and are higher achievers.
The economy benefits from gender equality
Businesses and the economy also benefit from gender equality. Employees are happier and have greater job satisfaction. So there’s less turnover. And productivity is boosted.
I might add that when companies don’t assume that men are better for the job they’re more likely to get the right person for the job. That aids both productivity and marketing.
Bottom line: the bottom line is stronger.
Also, one of the best ways to give an economy a shot in the arm is to educate women and girls, and get women actively involved in the paid economy.
Another help for men: when women bring in money some of the burden of providing is lifted from male shoulders.
Getting the life you want
Interestingly, when men’s rights activists (MRAs) complain about how feminism hurts them, I point out that patriarchy is the real problem — because it always is. (For more on that, see “related posts” below).
Prof. Kimmel says that:
- Gender equality is the road to the life you want.
- Gender equality helps men to be free
That’s right. Gender equality is good for us all.
Posted on October 2, 2015, in feminism, men, psychology, relationships, sex and sexuality, sexism, women and tagged feminism, gender equality, men, Michael Kimmel, psychology, relationships, sexism, sexuality, TED Talk, women. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.