Almost nothing makes me more uncomfortable than seeing straight cis men in t-shirts that say “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like.” Mind you, it’s not men identifying as feminists that causes my discomfort: it’s the politics of men choosing to don the shirt as a form of feminist identification that troubles me. Seeing straight, cis (especially white) dudes in those t-shirts makes my skin crawl.
What does it mean when straight cis men identify as feminists and perform that identification by donning a t-shirt that marks them as such? Though I feel strongly that men who identify as feminists deserve to be taken seriously, and I want more men to seek out educating themselves about feminist theory and practice, I often can’t shake the feeling that there’s something more going on when cis straight men choose to put on those t-shirts.
Minh Nguyen, in a recent discussion of men…
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