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Thursday, August 08, 2002
Can men be feminists?

Someone at The Nation told me no, so I put this to everyone, conservative or liberal. Is this question analogous to the question of whether whites (or Latinos) can be Black nationalists? What do think the 'definition' of feminism is, and does it mean that men cannot be feminists? Because men can choose whether or not they believe in feminism or be concerned with feminism, does this make them less of feminists, if they choose to be? Meaning, if they can opt out, are they really feminists in the same sense as women who must experience being a woman in this society? I would guess this could be related to the earlier discussion on women's studies, and I'd appreciate all of your thoughts on this.