Joseph Gordon-Levitt Isn’t Alone, These Men Are Also Feminists

Fatimah Mazhar
Male feminists FTW. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has once again won the hearts of his fans and supporters after he gave what could perhaps be one of the finest definitions of feminism.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

At a time when a bunch of people have started a movement demonizing the ideology, the 33-year-old Don Jon star stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that he considers himself a feminist, giving an in-depth definition of what he believes it is all about.

“What [feminism] means to me is that you don't let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you're a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever, However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique.”

This is not the first time Gordon-Levitt has spoken about feminism publicly. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show in January, he explained how his mother instilled within him a deep awareness of feminist issues.

“That was something that my mom would always point out to my brother and me, that our culture does often portray women especially … like objects," he said.

"She wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies, and on magazines all the time. And if you don't stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality."

While Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s support for feminism is relatively known, these Hollywood heartthrobs may (pleasantly) surprise you with their feminist beliefs.

John Legend:

John Legend

The legendary Legend performed at the Sound of Change, a benefit concert for Chime for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women around the globe.

At a press conference for the event, Legend explained his commitment to the charity, which aims to promote and empower women internationally.

He said: "All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights, the world will be a better place."

Jared Leto:

Jared Leto

Oscar-winner Jared Leto explained earlier in June how being brought up by a single mother made him appreciate women’s issues.

The actor and musician spoke at the Cannes Lions festival in front of an audience of hundreds, when he was asked about his role in the 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club” in which he plays a transgender woman.

“I’ve worn the heels, I’ve put on the tights and everything else, so I feel your pain ladies,” he said

Daniel Radcliffe:

Daniel Radcliffe

Asked by Stylist magazine whether he sought out scripts with rounded roles across the cast, the Harry Potter actor replied:

“Well, on more than one film I’ve persuaded people to build up the female roles. There are certainly more female writers now than there were but the fact remains, most female parts are written by men. At least there are so many more female directors, producers and directors of photography [DOP] now.”

“I worked with an amazing DOP last year, Reed Morano, who did 'Kill Your Darlings,' and what she did for that film was amazing. I think – I hope – the film industry is becoming a lot more balanced.”

Ashton Kutcher:

Ashton Kutcher

“Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher expressed his views on feminism when his romantic comedy “No Strings Attached” was released. Kutcher said:

“I think there’s so much that’s not said about sex in our country, even from an educational level…the one thing they teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don’t really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women…Part of that creates a place where women aren’t empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves, and from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that’s empowered with her own sexuality is a powerful thing.”

David Schwimmer:

David Schwimmer

The “Friends” actor has been one of the most outspoken male celebrities about the impact of sexual violence against women.

In addition, he’s a director of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, which helps victims of date rape and child rape.


Dustin Hoffman:

Dustin Hoffman

When Hoffman dressed in drag for his movie "Tootsie" it was then when he became a feminist. 

In the video below, he passionately discusses the phenomenon of men being “brainwashed” into judging women on the basis of their looks instead of character.

Patrick Stewart:

Patrick Stewart

As a child, Patrick Stewart regularly saw his father hit his mother. In 2009, the veteran actor spoke about domestic violence against women, saying:

“The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence — everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine — and change — the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same.”