"Are you a feminist?"
That's the question Mic's Flip the Script host Elizabeth Plank is asking men to answer. Why? Most of them are actually feminists, but don't even know it. To help explain, she enlisted the help of Orange is the New Black star Matt McGorry — who openly identifies as a feminist — in her words, "to see how much of his manhood actually disappeared." Spoiler: none.
"I think having traits that are traditionally masculine doesn't exclude me from wanting gender equality. I don't think they're mutually exclusive things," he told Plank in the video last May.
She then asks him if it doesn't benefit him to be feminist. To which he had a perfect response:
McGorry would be right. Regardless of what your perception of feminism is, it's true definition is "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." But that's something that gets lots in feminist stereotypes and perceptions.
Plank headed out to NYC's Times Square to ask men if they believe in certain things, such as women and men making equal wages for equal work, women and men having equal rights in the workplace, and equal representation in government — the things that actually aren't totally equal quite yet. While most of the men she talked to agreed with those things, they shrunk back when she identified them as feminists.
So, why the label you ask? What's wrong with just being a decent human? Once again, McGorry explains perfectly.
In other words, there's a gender associated with the word, because one gender has more agency over the other. Feminism supports women because they're the gender that wants to be on the same playing field.
It's not rocket science, and as the wise and feminist Aziz Ansari once said, "If someone asks if you're a feminist, you have to say yes. Because that is how words work," he joked on Ellen once. "Like, you can't be like, 'Oh, I'm a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.' 'Oh you're a dermatologist?' 'Oh, no, that's way too aggressive of a word, not at all!'"
Check out the video below: