When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed himself a feminist on Twitter last year, his swoon meter defied the laws of physics and skyrocketed into the stratosphere.
But Trudeau himself doesn't quite get what the big deal is.
At a United Nations meeting on Wednesday, the dreamy progressive leader expressed his puzzlement at the Twitterverse's inevitable combustion whenever he calls himself a feminist, arguing that it shouldn't be that big of a deal to be a man who believes in gender equality.
"Why, every time I say I'm a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode and the media pick it up?" Trudeau said at the meeting attended by diplomats, advocacy groups and the Executive Director of U.N. Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "It shouldn't be something that creates a reaction. It simply is saying, 'I believe in the equality of men and women, and I believe we still have an awful lot of work to do to get there.'"
Trudeau's efforts at promoting gender equality have seen him talk about fatherhood, call on both men and women to embrace feminism, put a Canadian woman on a banknote, and write an op-ed entitled "Gender equality is an opportunity, not a threat."
Keep in mind that Trudeau is also the man who, when asked why his cabinet selection consisted of 50 percent women, said simply, "because it's 2015."
Trudeau also encouraged his international counterparts to follow Canada's lead in appointing an equal number of women to their respective cabinets:
Any world leaders who tell me 'I'd love to, I just can't do that with the current configuration of our parliament or of my party', I say: 'Well, what are you doing to change that configuration and draw out those extraordinary women who can be leaders that we need?
"I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug," he asserted.
Ladies and gentlemen, Justin Trudeau: Canadian leader; pot-smoking, tattooed yoga practitioner; heartthrob; humble feminist.
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