Gotta Love the Famous Men Who Aren’t Afraid of the F-Word
It feels a little antifeminist to say, but let's embrace a healthy, third-wave sense of sexuality and, frankly, reality: Ladies and gentlemen, here are the brave, gorgeous male actors who dare to use their fame to advocate for gender equality.
Inspired by a heartfelt speech this week from a beloved Harry Potter star, the bewitching and brilliant Emma Watson, these dapper gents are supporting her #heforshe campaign to ask men to support feminism.
What's special about Watson's speech is that she makes an oft-ignored point: Women's equality isn't just about making life better for women; equality is meaningful for men too because they face double standards and cruelty when they are forced to adhere to macho ideas of masculinity that subjugate women.
"We don't often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but they are," Watson told the United Nations assembly.
"If men don't have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won't feel compelled to be submissive. If men don't have to control, women won't have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong," Watson argued.
Here are just some of the famous dudes inspired by that sentiment and the movement Watson is standing up for. Everyone's favorite gladiator, Russell Crowe, may have a rep for a hot temper, but look at those baby blues just pleading with you for gender equality.
And Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg couldn't have put it better—he'd rather be eaten by zombies than disrespect the ladies in his life.
Clive Standen—OK, I had to look this Brit actor up—whose Twitter profile describes him as a Viking, a pirate, an outlaw, and other types of bad boys, seems very sweet here.
And lookie, lookie, what Loki of the Thor franchise, Tom Hiddleston, has to say.
While we don't want to objectify these gentlemen and the others who are bringing attention to this important cause...you just can't argue with Girls creator Lena Dunham's genius suggestion.