DEMAND GREATNESS FROM MEN
I strongly believe that the next phase of the feminist movement should focus on men— not as a way to detract from the concerns of women but as a way to properly address them. All genders stand to gain from gender equality, yet not all are expected to be active participants in it. We equate gender equality with women, omitting the fact that men have a gender too. We don’t pay attention to the way they are socialized as much as we have scrutinized the messages we send to women and girls. It’s time to challenge men to call out their own culture and behaviour for the benefit of all people. I like to engage with men using what I call the question method: leading them to their own answers with a set of questions that pushes them to explain their sexist beliefs. It’s kind of like a feminist Jedi mind trick. For example: Man: “Why are you even a feminist?” Woman: “Why don’t you consider yourself a feminist?” Put the onus on haters to explain their perspective, not on yourself to defend it.