First came Feminist Ryan Gosling; a series of memes dedicated to proving the power of the Gos, and apparently responsible for ‘making more men feminist’ (yes, a study was actually conducted). Now though, it’s Mark Ruffalo and Andy Murray who are promoting the cause, recently showing their support in their own brilliant ways.
Just in case you didn’t already love Mark Ruffalo (he’s The Hulk, for heaven’s sake- what’s not to love?), the actor weighed in on the debate surrounding the ‘Women Against Feminism’ movement. The campaign, which went viral last year, features a series of posts from women explaining why they don’t ‘need’ feminism. In response, blogger Libby Anne Bruce penned an essay, which in turn went viral, and is now enjoying even more attention thanks to Mark Ruffalo reposting the blog on his Tumblr page.
When you’ve digested the news that The Hulk even has Tumblr, we’d like to draw your attention to Libby’s comments, which are nothing short of empowering. Libby starts by referring to the struggles women faced to acquire equal rights in the first place, telling supporters of the ‘Women Against Feminism’ campaign:
‘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. For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labour union. For the right to divorce. For women to have birth control.’
And she doesn’t stop there. Libby also brilliantly highlights the ways in which the feminist movement has worked to protect women from sexual and physical abuse:
‘You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis centre, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement. You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (it is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.’
She finishes by telling anti-feminists: ‘You know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety and a voice.’
Meanwhile, Andy Murray hit back at criticism of his coach, Amelie Mauresmo, claiming that she’s been targeted purely because of her gender. ‘I didn’t realise that Amelie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice. The staggering thing was that she was slated every time I lost, which is something my former coaches never ever experienced. It wasn’t right.’
Writing in his column for French publication L’Equipe, Andy continued: ‘Have I become a feminist? Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have. My upbringing means that I’m quite attuned to the whole thing. I came to tennis thanks to my mother. I’ve always been surrounded by women. It’s a crying shame there aren’t more female coaches. I hope this changes even if this isn’t the reason I chose Amelie.’
Mark, Andy- we salute you. And for our final words on the subject, we’ll hand back to Libby, who concluded her response to ‘Women Against Feminism’ in the best way possible, simply by saying:
‘Kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.’