15 Male Celebrities Who Are Proud To Be Feminists

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“Feminism is for everybody” Bell Hooks once said. And believe it or not, some men are actually aware of that. They’re not afraid of the word “feminist,” they’re proud to be one!  Here are 15 of those brave male celebrities who identify as feminist, and state publicly that they’re with women in their fight for equality!

1. Ryan Gosling thinks that women are superior, and more "evolved."

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“I think women are better than men,”he says. “They are stronger, more evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.”

He goes on: “I’ve always liked women more. I was brought up by my mother and older sister,” he says. “I found my way into dance class. My home life now is mostly women. They are better than us. They make me better.”

2. Ben Stiller speaks out against the sexism that he's witnessed in the world of comedy

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"Men want to see women in a certain light, it’s subconscious and they’re not even aware of it. It has to do with men’s outlook on women. Hopefully, that will change."

3. Joseph Gordon Levitt's mother was an active feminist and instilled feminist values in him from a young age.

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"What feminism means to me is that you don't let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be," he says, "If everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it's better for everyone."

4. Will Smith is more than a feminist, he's a feminist father!

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“[My wife and I] let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it’s like, how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.”

5. Ashton Kutcher gets actively involved in feminist campaigns and he emphasizes the importance of education.

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"I think there's so much that's not said about sex in our country, even from an educational level ... the one thing they teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don't really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. ... Part of that creates a place where women aren't empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves, and from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that's empowered with her own sexuality is a powerful thing."

6. Daniel Radcliffe is a feminist too! And he says that he's learnt a lot from Emma Watson.

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When faced with the straightforward question of "Are you a feminist?" he simply replied, "Yes." and added:

“There's seems to be a very recent thing that you come "out" as a feminist. It's a very weird thing. I mean, yes of course but I'm a feminist in as much as I'm an egalitarian about everything and I believe in meritocracy. I think anyone who isn't at this point is just swimming against the tide just like people who are vaguely homophobic or racist or sexist or whatever it is, I just think "God, you're still keeping that up? Give it up, you've lost."

7. Matt Damon was raised by a feminist mother as well.

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"When I was growing up, only women could be feminists. I heard my mother say thousands of times that she was so I can at least say that I was raised by one." And when the interviewer asked "Men can absolutely be feminists: do you believe in equality for men and women?" he answers immediately: "Alright, then I am one."

8. Alan Rickman says “There’s nothing wrong with a man being a feminist; I think it is to our mutual advantage.”

Emma Watson quoted his words after his death to remind the world that one of the most memorable characters from our childhood was a feminist!

9. Mad Max star Tom Hardy consistently supports women in all walks of his life!

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“Mad Max is not actually in the driver’s seat in this movie. It’s about time you had better female leads in action movies. This is not a feminist argument, it’s a person-hood situation. This is how we ought to reflect the times — not so much strong women, but just people. You know, you have a male and a female who are both just person-hood situations on both sides of the gender. I wouldn’t put it past George to come up with a transgender [hero], do you what I mean? He’s not the type of person who’s going to mince his words.”

10. Benedict Cumberbatch IS what a feminist looks like!

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He doesn't just speak, he actively supports feminist campaigns.

11. Tom Hiddleston is one of the faces of the UN Campaign called "He For She" which led by Emma Watson!

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12. Jason Momoa says it'd be ridiculous for him to not be a feminist.

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“I wasn’t raised by a man. I was raised by a single mother my whole life. It’d be ridiculous for me to say that I didn’t believe in it. They’re the strongest beings in the world.”

13. Eddie Vedder is a supporter of women's rights and he stated publicly that he supports abortion rights as well.

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"I'm usually good about my temper, but all these men trying to control women's bodies are really beginning to piss me off." he says.

14. Patrick Stewart has always been an outspoken advocate on violence against women

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In an article written for The Guardian in 2009, Stewart describes in detail what life was like with an abusive parent. Stewart's father was a World War II Veteran who returned home without adequate mental health care support. Stewart's father was unable to adjust to civilian life. Stewart writes: 

"He was an angry, unhappy and frustrated man who was not able to control his emotions or his hands. As a child, I witnessed his repeated violence against my mother, and the terror and misery he caused were such that, if I felt I could have succeeded, I would have killed him. If my mother had attempted it, I would have held him down. For those who struggle to comprehend these feelings in a child, imagine living in an environment of emotional unpredictability, danger and humiliation week after week, year after year, from the age of seven. My childish instinct was to protect my mother, but the man hurting her was my father, whom I respected, admired and feared."

15. Hayao Miyazaki writes very strong female characters in his films, and he is considered to be a feminist by many of his fans.

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“... Unlike live action, with animation, we have to simplify the real world. Women tend to be more realistic and manage day-to-day lives very well. Men, on the other hand, tend to be more idealistic – and fantasy films need that idealistic approach. I don’t think it’s a coincidence men are picked.”

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