Friday, August 26, 2016

Feminism for Men

I've noticed a theme since my last post.  I went to a talk at my job about feminism.  I had a troll on the internet try to tell me it was women's fault they are where they are.  He was unpleasant.  I read several news articles which reaffirmed my beliefs.  It's been a week or so of confirmation of the need for feminism.

I've been a fervent feminist most of my life.  I've even been accused of not liking men.  This isn't true.  I have high expectations of men.  I think they should be strong enough to support their women.

Honestly, I've been very lucky in the men in my life.  My father was very progressive - especially for a man born in the 20s - and encouraged all of us to go out and do what we wanted to.  My husband is usually very sensitive to the issues of women.

Because I've had these amazing men in my life, they've set a high standard for my expectations of how men should be.  Now neither of them is perfect but they set the bar high for others.

It doesn't make men less to support women, to be their cheerleader, to help them be the best they can be.  It does make them love and appreciate you more.  It does increase the amount of respect women have for men.

With three daughters, it was important to me they have a good example of how a man should treat a woman.  When I chose Ken, I made a great decision.  He's been an excellent role model.

So I say to all the men - the mothers of boys - to the other 49% of our population.  It's time for you to step up and be a man.  Be a real man who can cry when he's sad, laugh when he's happy, and treat his women as they deserve to be treated - with love and respect.

Here's a secret for all the men - if you manage to do this, you will have a better and stronger relationship with your woman and partner.

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