No, not every male feminist has to look like Ryan Gosling, though that would be nice.
“But BUST,” you, dear reader, say, “male feminists, like their female and non-binary counterparts, come in all shapes and sizes!” I say this is very true, dear reader; how well put. But in a world where the most recognizable male feminist is Hugo Schwyzer, it’s important to show off some of those men who aren’t ashamed to stand up and say the F word. Hot on the tails of our coverage on Mark Ruffalo’s support of reproductive rights, and that time Jason Schwartzman graced our cover, here’s a list of five of our very favorite male feminists.
The star of We Need to Talk about Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower showed up at the One Billion Rising action in Times Square last Valentine’s Day to protest rape culture. Holding a sign saying, "The Right to Live Free of Oppression," Miller said, "I grew up in a household of women and I feel that all revolutionary causes should start with addressing misogyny." There’s no quicker way to a girl's heart than public acts of feminism!
He may play a sexist on TV, but Don Draper's real life counterpart is sooo into equality. At a Mad Men sponsored event at the Rape Treatment Center in Los Angeles, Hamm said this:
"It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet."
The Atlantic writer and editor has made me feel all the feels with his essays on the mother of his sons: here’s “How I Met Your Mother” and “Promises of an Unwed Father.” These essays show masterful and sensitive tackling of women’s issues by the men who care about them, and, more importantly, depictions of love in an equal partnership. (Cue obligatory aww's.)
Joss Whedon not only rules for bring Buffy into this world, but also for his affinity for strong, female characters. Having recently made an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, featuring of one the greatest heroines of all Shakespeare, Whedon admits to having been raised by “a hardcore feminist” and being empathetic with #thestruggle.
The Japanese animator is a step above Disney in creating beautiful, brilliant female characters who don’t need no man to fight their battles for them – in fact, his heroines more often than not step in to save their leading men. In “The Birth of Studio Ghibli,” an extra on the DVD for Nausicaä, Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki says, "Miyazaki is a feminist, actually. He has this conviction that to be successful, companies have to make it possible for their female employees to succeed too.”Porco Rosso and Spirited Away take place in all-female environments/ near-total matriarchies (the factory and the bathhouse respectively), and Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä are definition warrior princesses. Even in his lighter films, like Kiki's Delivery Service, the plot revolves around the girl in charge, and not the man she needs to save.