Sooooo, Spike.com has this stupid thing up on their website called The Top Seven Cutest Feminists. Of course the Spike dudes don't really get why it would be annoying to be judged on attractiveness and valued primarily for your looks. However, judging from the jerkoffs on their comment board its kinda like one small step for dude kind that they put up a piece like this. Apparently some guys do need to be introduced to the fact that not all feminists are bridge trolls. Anyhow, the list was entertaining and stuff but I got it in my head that a great next step would be a list of the hottest feminist men. Some of these guys would actually rather be called pro- feminists because in some circles that's more p.c. and shows that you aren't trying to intrude on the lady party you just want to be supportive. I tend to think of feminists as both men and women, partially cause I'm pretty sure my dad explained feminism to me when I was a kid and partially cause I just feel like the more people at the party the more fun it'll be.
So in no ranking order because I don't know -variety is the spice of life I guess - here are 10 of the hunkiest feminists dudes out there. And by the way this was an easy list to make I could go on and on.
Patrick Stewart- Best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek and also doing some classy Shakespearean work, Patrick Stewart has done it all. Also he has been knighted by the Queen and looks good in a loincloth. Patrick has been known to wear a This Is What A Feminist Looks Like shirt and says that he owes it all to "my Mother who earned 3 pounds 10 shillings for working a forty hour week in a weaving shed." He has also worked with Amnesty International and spoken out against domestic violence which you can see in the video below.
Beastie Boys- These cute lil' trouble makers admitted they got carried away with stuff in the early days but they've since repented and will defend a woman's right to choose and also not to be oggled on the subway. Check out these lyrics from Song 4 The Man
What makes you feel
And why you gotta be
Like you got the right
To look her up and down
What makes this world
So sick and evil
I know you don't know
What makes you feel
Like you got miracle whip appeal
Who made you the judge and jury
Ain't you never heard of privacy
What makes this world
So sick and evil
You figure it out
Marquis de Condorcet - Yea, he's old but age ain't nothing but a number. The last great French philosopher was one of the first ever to call directly for women's political rights. He not only fought politically for women's rights but treated his wife as an equal, friend, and collaborator, and raised his daughter to be self sufficient and driven. "He stands out as irrefutable proof that a man can love as ardently as he can think rationally; that a man can feel and care as much as woman, if only he allows himself to be freed of gender stereotypes, of the cultural pressures and prejudice that plague both sexes."
Fredrick Douglas- When Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were fighting for our right to vote Fredrick Douglas was right there with them. "Right is of no sex - Truth is of no color" is what he said. He was the guy in there with the ladies shouting and writing and trying to get suffrage passed with the best of 'em. Read Angela Davis' Women, Race, and Class and Fredrick Douglas jumps out as the guy who was there fighting for equality of all three.
Eddie Vedder- Eddie has always defended a woman's right to choose. He has raised money for the cause at Rock For Choice concerts. If you watch the video below of Pearl Jam on MTV unplugged note the part half way through when he pulls out a pen and writes Pro-Choice on his arm. He's not so bad on the eyes either.
Andy Samberg- Andy is the cute young dude on SNL in case you hadn't noticed. When asked to present an award at the Spike awards show (programing for bros), Andy went out of his way to contact the National Organization for Women to see if he could get a N.O.W. Berkeley chapter t-shirt to wear to the awards show. Andy is from the Bay Area and he was raised right.
Thomas Sankara- Marxist revolutionary, Pan-African Theorist, and president of Burkina Faso, he was known as the African Che Guevara and well he's just too fine to resist. He banned female genital mutilation, forced marriages, and polygamy and promoted women to high government positions. Sankara promoted contraception and encouraged husbands to go food shopping, prepare meals, and do other traditionally female domestic work. His administration was the first to acknowledge AIDS as a major threat to Africa.
"You are our mothers, life companions, our comrades in struggle and because of this fact you should by right affirm yourselves as equal partners in the joyful victory feasts of the revolution. We must restore to humanity your true image by making the reign of freedom prevail over differentiations imposed by nature and by eliminating all kinds of hypocrisy that sustain the shameless exploitation of women."
Kurt Cobain - Kurt was a self proclaimed feminist and spoke out against rape and homophobia and in support of women's choice. Go read the lyrics to Been A Son, it lays it all out there. Also he wore dresses on stage and damn did he look fine in them.
"The future of rock belongs to women." -Kurt Cobain
Barack Obama- Politicians and even Michelle Obama don't really like to straight up use the word feminist. But Barack has never shied away from the term. Our president is both a hunk and a feminist and that's a lot more than you can say for the majority of his predecessors.
Joss Whedon- Joss is the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly (which my boyfriend is currently obsessed with). He has not only created a slew of awesome fast talking and hitting respectable action roles for women but he very vocally speaks up for the rights of all women. He fights against violence inflicted on women whether it be in movies or in a village on the other side of the world. He works for women's rights, speaks out for it, and creates amazing characters so that we can all feel a little safer. Please watch this speech he gave when he was honored by Equality Now....its moving, I got teary.