are youa feminist LREI graduating seniors answer 2014

These NYC High School Dudes Think Pharrell Can Be Feminist

Feminism is constantly evolving, from Twitter campaigns to celebrities and entertainers co-opting the ideology to mainstream revisions of the movement and its ideologies. Some folks like Lana Del Ray and Shailene Woodly have denounced feminism as boring and discriminatory. Taking the power and speed of the Internet into consideration, many shy away from addressing it out of fear of public backlash. It appears the peanut gallery is quick to deem you “not feminist enough,” wrong, or contradictory in your practices.

If you’re a dude, you’re deemed another cog in the patriarchal machine built to stifle and cut down progress for women… or no, just no. It creates a dynamic of fear that causes folks to feel like they can’t advocate for a just cause, or if they do choose to do so, they do it at an arm’s length, being supportive, but not staking claim.

Like Pharrell, who recently stated:

“I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that. I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is, I do support feminists. There’s injustices; there are inequalities that need to be addressed.”

Maybe it has to do with the controversy that surrounded his 2013 collaboration “Blurred Lines,” in addition to social media rumblings that arose when his album G I R L dropped in 2014.

Whatever the cause may be, some celebrities feel like they can’t ascribe to the title of feminist, or straight up hit that shit with those Reggie Bush jukes like it was the plague. While those in the media spotlight brush it off like the latest hashtag scandal, a number of NYC graduating seniors have shown the courage to do so, and they’re all dudes.

Hit the video up top to see what a bunch of guys about to hit the college ranks think of feminism and their purpose to the cause.

“Us! We’re the future of feminism and that’s why we have to keep the ball rolling.”

[h/t FT, HP]

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