Do the men in your life iden­tify as fem­i­nists?

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NO Tra­di­tion sticks in be­tween The men in my fam­ily cer­tainly do not iden­tify them­selves as fem­i­nists as they be­lieve in tra­di­tional gen­der roles. While they don’t par­tic­u­larly dis­cour­age women from work­ing or go­ing out, they ex­pect fam­ily to take prece­dence over ca­reer. De­spite be­ing highly ed­u­cated, this has been the norm in my fam­ily, one which the women ac­qui­esce to, un­der the garb of tra­di­tion. Sreshti Verma, Ben­galuru

NO Men re­ally need to grow up I will be able call the men in my life fem­i­nists only when they hap­pily share the work­load,

both at home and out­side. So, I don’t think I can call the men in my life ‘true’ fem­i­nists un­less that hap­pens. While they be­lieve that women have a right to work and be eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent, they also be­lieve that the home is pre­dom­i­nantly a woman’s bas­tion. This ortho­dox mind­set needs to be changed, and men need to start tak­ing women more se­ri­ously. Anushka S Moitra, Delhi YES Dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion needs to be stopped, but My father and brother both like to call them­selves fem­i­nists, and with good rea­son. They have al­ways be­lieved in the equal­ity of gen­ders, and en­cour­aged us to build our own iden­ti­ties. We were told as chil­dren that men and women are equal, and can ex­cel in any field given the same re­sources. We never had sep­a­rate rules for boys and girls. Monica Kohli, Delhi YES They don’t want to ad­mit it though I feel that the men in my life are fem­i­nists, but are un­will­ing to put a la­bel on it. Per­haps they are afraid of be­ing per­ceived as less than mas­cu­line if they are called fem­i­nists? There are those men as well who call them­selves fem­i­nists be­cause it’s trendy to do so now. I won­der how they feel about equal pay, divi­sion of do­mes­tic labour or so­cial in­equal­ity. I will only la­bel a man a fem­i­nist if he thinks about equal­ity in a non­con­de­scend­ing way. Ruby Khosla, Faridabad NO It doesn’t gel with their be­liefs

Men in my life don’t un­der­stand that fem­i­nism is about equal rights and not be­ing a misog­y­nist. Fem­i­nism is a fight and a move­ment that doesn’t align with their per­sonal be­liefs. Nim­rit Singh, Mum­bai

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