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Men (Who Aren't Piers Morgan) Talk Intelligently About Masculinity And Feminism

Men (Who Aren't Piers Morgan) Talk Intelligently About Masculinity And Feminism

Gillette's latest #MeToo advert, focussing on toxic masculinity and sexual harassment, was published yesterday and it has triggered quite the conversation.

The advert, which makes incredibly important points about the way we speak to boys and men about masculinity, has been celebrated by many for being progressive, eye-opening and educational but, of course, it has ruffled the feathers of some of the more sensitive flowers.

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Of course if there's one man who can be guaranteed to take an important, vital message and turn it on its head, its Piers Morgan.

"Let boys be damn boys. Let men be damn men."

But we know you're tired of hearing from Piers on all topics, and especially this one.

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So for the benefit of balance and intelligent debate, here are some fantastic men - who aren't Piers Morgan - discussing masculinity, feminism and how to be a good guy...

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John Legend (Byrdie.com, 2017)

"We have to confront the idea of what it means to be masculine, have this conversation, and it'll ultimately bring us all together. We're working to encourage and value different expressions of masculinity."

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Olly Alexander (GQ Awards, 2018)

"Let's let our men be happy, be sad, be trans, be questioning, be bisexual, be non-conforming, be feminine, be masculine!"

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Timothée Chalamet (i-D, 2018)

"I want to say you can be whatever you want to be. There isn't a specific notion, or jean size, or muscle shirt, or affectation, or eyebrow raise, or dissolution, or drug use that you have to take part in to be masculine. It's exciting. It's a brave new world. Maybe it's because of social media, maybe it's because of who the f*** knows what, but there's a real excitement from our generation about doing things in a new way."

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Ellen, 2014)

"My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She would always point out to my brother and me that our culture does often portray women like objects... She wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies and on magazines all the time. And if you don't stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality."

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (ITV's Lorraine, 2018)

"There's just a DNA, there's a wiring in us and a constitution that oftentimes doesn't let us talk about if we're scared or vulnerable or things like that. It's kind of like what's been deemed as 'toxic masculinity.'"

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Andy Murray (L'Equipe, 2015)

"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."

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Jonah Hill (Ellen, 2018)

"Essentially, you are taught when you are a young man at this time that sexuality isn't about two people joyously connecting. It's about the currency it gets you to rise up through a group of males, which is a bad lesson that we are having to unlearn."

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Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, 2018)

"Whatever role you are, whether it's like moon or sun - moon being more feminine energy and sun being more masculine - I think there is gorgeous strength to be held in both."

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Terry Crews (Before the US Congress, 2018)

"The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control. This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture. As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse. This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man's horseplay is another man's humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world."

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Justin Baldoni (TEDWomen, 2017)

"We have an issue with masculinity in part because, if you look it up in the dictionary, it is defined by words like strength, power, and force. When you look up feminine in the dictionary, it's described as gentle, beautiful, and pretty. We've put each other in these boxes and if you come out of either one then you're this weird anomaly."

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Harvey Day

Writer for Pretty52, interested in all sorts of entertainment and lifestyle content. Previously worked at ShortList Magazine and website, the MailOnline and the Birmingham Mail. Contact: harvey.day@pretty52.com

 

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