Watch High School Boys Nail Why Men Can And Should Be Feminists (Video)

Ileana Jim?nez is teaching many young men why male feminism is so important. (Image Credit: Feminist Teacher)
Ileana Jim?nez is teaching many young men why male feminism is so important. (Image Credit: Feminist Teacher)

If you have been following the news lately you may feel discouraged about whether men can be feminists. From George Will’s horrible column saying liberal colleges are trying to give rape and sexual assault victims “a coveted status that confers privileges” to some of the disgusting responses to the #yesallwomen twitter hashtag that was a response to the Elliot Roger misogyny fueled shooting rampage. One of the most notable horrible responses to #yesallwomen was the Washington Post saying if women were just married they would decrease their chances of encountering violence (psst please tell my ex husband that). ?Not to mention any number of attacks on women’s rights and statements by lawmakers and pundits about “welfare moms,” “single moms,” or “wild college girls”. It seems to never end.?

There is hope in the world. The young men featured in the video discovered feminism through a class in high school. They see the value in an intersectional movement for gender equality. Their teacher,?Ileana Jim?nez,has been teaching feminism to New York City high school students for several years. She engaged them in thinking about not only what it means to be a feminist but shows them real world examples of the need for gender equality and intersectional activism.

If you have never heard of intersectionality one young man summed it up nicely:

One of the biggest concepts we learned in the class is this idea of intersectionality. The idea that feminism goes beyond just equality for women. It’s equality between races, gender, class, sexual orientation, and so forth.


For me, the best part of the video isn’t just that these are young men embracing feminism. It’s that they are a diverse group of young men who understand what it means to be a feminist beyond a slogan. Teens are smarter than we elders often give them credit for. We just have to engage them.

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Laurie Bertram Roberts is the president of Mississippi National Organization for Women, a feminist activist, full spectrum doula and writer in Jackson, MS. Her family suspected she was trouble when at age 8 she preferred reading weekly news magazines over girly magazines. Her early fascination with liberal ideals, women's rights, was not quite welcome in her conservative fundamentalist Christian home. She is incredibly passionate about reproductive justice and fighting all forms of oppression. When not speaking truth to power she is likely hanging out with her children watching sci fi or doing other nerd like things.