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This is What a Feminist Looks Like
Jonny Isaacs explains why he chose to become a feminist
November 2008, Beyoncé drops her third studio album I am … Sasha Fierce – and a young feminist was born.
Okay, so it didn’t quite happen like that, but I do trace my feminism from this point. As an 11-year-old boy, being a Beyoncé fan was a guilty pleasure, my dirty little secret – I enjoyed her music, and (although I didn’t know it yet) her message, not her body.
“As part of discovering the world and your place within it, we build a sense of identity around what groups us with some and differentiates us from others, we give these notions value
“I’m ashamed to admit that for the next 5 years I tried my hardest to live up to, what I thought was, society’s expectation of a straight man: I made sexist jokes, objectified girls, engaged in ‘banter with the lads’
“As he explained the meaning of feminism, it dawned on me that I’d been dismissing the word for the same reason as countless others - the ‘fem’ part
At 11, If I Were a Boy told me I was in the better group, male. At 20, it’s a heart-breaking and honest account of inequality. Fortunately, I met Tom when he was in a position of power, and at a time when, in confronting mental health issues, I was beginning to define myself by my own standards and not society’s. I’m concerned that had this not all fallen into place when and how it did, I’d be a different man.
“To be a male feminist is to accept that you have privilege