What happens when a bunch of male celebs are asked if they’re feminists

We are so glad that feminism is such a big topic of conversation (Gender equality is a totally awesome thing to talk about around the dinner table), but when it comes to interviews with celebs it’s a little troubling that typically only women celebrities are asked about their feminist views. After all, this is gender equality we’re talking about, it is for EVERYBODY.

That’s why we’re so glad that New York Magazine’s The Cut took it upon themselves to ask a whole bunch of male celebrities about their view re: feminism.

Below, some of the dudes’ answers:

Harrison Ford
“Yeah, because I like women and I respect women.”

Matt McGorry
“Oh, absolutely. In my understanding, it’s like what it might be like to be a Catholic. You can be like, Oh, I’m a Catholic; I go to church once a year. Or you can be the pope. … Ultimately, if there were as many male feminists as there are female feminists, we wouldn’t need to be fighting for equality.”

(Psssst, Matt is a super-vocal feminist who has spoken/written beautifully on the subject of feminism, check it here and here)

Cheyenne Jackson
“A feminist? Of course. I mean all of the things that being a feminist stands for. I very much liken it to being a gay man. We have always been like, Hey, what about me? It’s the same kind of thing. Little by little it’s coming along.”

Senator Chuck Schumer
“Yes. I think women are one of the great untapped potentials of our society. Women are as talented, and sometimes more talented than men, but the old barriers that hold people back are still there. When I choose candidates for the DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee], all things being equal I always prefer a woman candidate because they are better candidates and they are better senators.”

Kelsey Grammer
“Oh gosh. Oh yeah, I’ve always been a feminist. I think that feminism includes just being proud and comfortable in your skin as a woman and a man being comfortable in his skin. That’s where I live with it. I’m a huge supporter of women.”

Salman Rushdie
“Yes. What else is there to be? Everything else is being an asshole. These are your choices. I have three sisters, and no brothers. In my family it is all women, and they are very strong, opinionated, professional women, and the idea that they would be in some way disadvantaged by comparison to men was just ludicrous, and if you had tried to suggest it to them you’d have got hit. So I learned it early.”

Darren Aronofsky
“Yes. Absolutely, of course. It’s a stupid question. Sorry.” [Walks away.]

Check out the rest of the answers over here.

And, before we go, a shout out to some male celebs who are not on this particular list, but have made their feminist views known to the world:  Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Patrick Stewart, John Legend,  and Mark Ruffalo, to name more than a few, and the list is just getting longer every day. Gender equality FTW!

Related reading:

7 male celebrity feminists that make us proud

Our favorite moments in Matt McGorry’s feminist essay

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