the conversation

It feels as though feminism is experiencing its 89th wave—and part and parcel of the latest dialogue surrounding the movement is what role, if any, men should play in leveling the financial, cultural and social fields.

Some believe men’s involvement in feminism should be peripheral at most; others think that because they've historically held the power and still hold most of it, men should be regarded as equal allies to women. Complicating things further is the fact that the gender binary is collapsing more and more every day.

To highlight the spectrum of beliefs surrounding this issue, we reached out to a range of voices reflecting perspectives that are historical, activist and personal in nature. From a former Jeopardy champion entrenched in male "nerd" culture, to the founder of the UN’s HeForShe campaign, to trans men and other gender writers and commentators, these contributors help open a meaningful dialogue about the controversial place of men in the movement against sexism.

Nerd Masculinity: "They Won't Give It Up Without A Fight"

Angry male nerds have built careers, epic narratives, a whole identity on being victims.
Submitted by Arthur Chu | 01.7.15 3pm

Am I A Feminist? I'll Let You Decide

I firmly believe it is for women to define feminism—and that includes deciding what place men should or do have in the movement.
Submitted by Ally Fogg | 01.2.15 1am

Men's Role In Feminism Is Both Complex And Simple

I feel that male allies are important to our movement.
Submitted by Meghan Murphy | 12.31.14 2pm

To Suggest That Men Shouldn't Be Feminists Undermines The Point Of Feminism

This isn't about us, but that doesn't mean it isn't our fight.
Submitted by Billy Procida | 12.31.14 2am

Why Trans Men Can Be Accountable Allies For Women

Living in multiple social genders has given me tools to peek behind the curtain of society’s constructed gender binary.
Submitted by Mitch Kellaway | 12.30.14 11am

"I Never Stand Too Close": A Trans Man's Feminism

For me, day-to-day feminism in action is creating safer spaces for women—the ones I know and especially the ones I do not.
Submitted by Damian Ray | 12.23.14 2pm

My Journey From Feminist Dyke To Feminist Trans Man

We are not exempt from internalizing messages inherent in patriarchy. But I have found that we can resist and challenge these narratives.
Submitted by C.B. Davis | 12.18.14 3pm

Not All Feminists Are Female—Or Even Feminists

Women's liberation and men's liberation are opposite sides of the same coin—or maybe the same side of the same coin.
Submitted by Jed Diamond | 12.17.14 12pm

A Father's Responsibility To Feminism

We can't talk about men without talking about boys.
Submitted by Jonathon Reed | 12.16.14 8am

Why It's Time For Male Allies To Fight Men's Rights Activists

As a man who has benefited from feminism, I call out MRA bullshit.
Submitted by James S. Fell | 12.10.14 5pm

How Wonder Woman's Male Creator Helped Shape Third-Wave Feminism 

To understand this debate, it's important to consider historical context.
Submitted by Noah Berlatsky | 12.10.14 5pm

"Gender Equality Isn't Just A Women's Issue": Interview With Elizabeth Nyamayaro, UN HeForShe Founder

The founder of the UN's influential campaign speaks out.
Submitted by Ravishly Staff | 12.5.14 5pm

I'm The Son Of A Famous Second-Wave Feminist—And Want The Men Of Tomorrow To Be Different

Good people of all sexes should be motivated to end gender inequality because patriarchal rules limit everyone's ability to be their whole selves.
Submitted by Ariel Chesler | 12.5.14 4pm