Male Celebrities Answer The Question: Are You a Feminist?


New York Magazine asked some very famous men whether or not they are feminists.

As noted in the article, that particular question is often posed to women, however when these male celebrities were asked, their responses sounded a lot like the responses some famous women provided.

Merriam Webster defines feminism as:

  1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
  2. organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

Check out what some of the celebs had to say.

Darren Aronofsky, a prominent film director replied with “Yes. It’s a stupid question. Sorry.” And he reportedly walked away.

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

Zachary Quinto “I think the idea of being a feminist is evolving in our world. Especially now, with these movements toward equality of all kinds, I feel like I don’t limit it to feminism, I just sort of consider myself a humanist, I imagine.”

Phil Donahue “Well, I better. I sleep with one [wife Marlo Thomas]! My program featured all the feminists, from Betty Friedan through Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Robin Morgan. They’ve all been on my program, and they did a lot to change me.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Jason Momoa “I wasn’t raised by a man. I was raised by a single mother my whole life. It’d be ridiculous for me to say that I didn’t believe in it. They’re the strongest beings in the world.”

Read all 15 responses here.

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