Mark Ruffalo is a gem.
In response to an ongoing campaign by "Women Against Feminism"
Ruffalo has reposted a blog by Libby Anne Bruce, in which she critiques this counter-feminist movement.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for the right to vote, less than 100 years ago. You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control.
Ruffalo could have merely quoted Bruce. Instead, he used his tumblr as a platform to republish her essay, to help it gain traction.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutesy [sic] sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety and a voice.
In doing so, Ruffalo joined the ranks of celebrities who have taken a clear stance in favor of Women's Rights.
Emma Watson delivered an impassioned speech at the UN last year, claiming that anyone who purports to "stand for equality" is a feminist, whether they know/like it or not.
Beyonce thinks the movement's name does need a makeover, though:
‘I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like Bootylicious.’
Pharrell Williams seems to have misunderstood the term "feminism." Though he is in full support of women leadership and empowerment wouldn't call himself a feminist, persay---since he's a man.
“I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is, I do support feminists.”
John Legend has no such inhibitions. During a press conference, he urged other men to take up the charge and the label.
"All men should be feminists."
"We are better off when women are empowered-- it leads to a better society."
Maybe Orange Is The New Black's Matt McGorry should sit Pharrell down for a chat:
See? Seth Meyers gets it.
“When you work with the sort of really strong women that I work with, the idea that anyone would want to make decisions for them is hard to wrap your head around.”
Quadruple feminist whammy with Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, Melanie Lynskey and Jennifer Lopez:
in which meryl streep and jennifer lopez are me pic.twitter.com/jFUuxMJCls— TORI (@huntedrebelled) February 23, 2015
The best is when a celebrity doesn't merely support Women's Rights, but also challenge feminists to better their own game:
Part of being a feminist is giving other women the space to make choices you don't necessarily agree with
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 10, 2014