In an ideal world I wouldn’t need to provide any justification for sharing the belief with you that men should assume their roles as feminists.
That’s not how the real world works is it, though?
We have to face up to the fact that in some people’s minds the very word feminist discredits or even harms the movement for equality between the sexes.
Some men perceive it as an attack on their masculinity.
Yet, feminism isn’t about degrading men, infringing upon their masculinity or making women superior – it’s about rightly balancing the world.
So, if a female is doing the same job as her male counterpart, she should be paid the same as him.
This is about preventing women from having to choose between motherhood and a career. Women can do both and men, through shared parental leave, can help that.
I am proud to call myself a feminist, I think it’s the first label on my twitter bio. I would even go as far to say it’s a characteristic. A pledge. I support causes like 50:50 parliament because why should men be the ones making decisions for women that they don’t know anything about.
I support making upskirting illegal. I support the #MeToo movement and the #TimesUp movement and so should every male.
A few months ago, I took part in a women’s march in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and was shocked at how few men there were standing with the women.
These are very women that our male ancestors denied the vote to. And that was only after years of hard-fought campaigning, years of imprisonment and many being force fed with some sacrificing their lives for women’s suffrage.
To achieve real equality, attitudes need to change. Male attitudes need to change. It doesn’t affect your masculinity, you won’t be forced into slavery and it doesn’t mean the end of the world. It simply means that you will stand in complete solidarity with women across the world and pledge to give them equal opportunities in life, equal pay, equal chance.
This isn’t some storm that will pass over if you bury your head in the sand: it’s here to stay until we come together and make a positive change.
I’m #HeForShe, are you?
Archie Ratcliffe is a second year law and politics student at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has done work experience with Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield