Just when you thought Joss Whedon couldn’t get any more awesome, he busts out this speech at an Equality Now event that further solidifies his position as one of the world’s leading bad asses.
Whedon is one of the greatest male advocates out there for women’s rights and empowerment. When he was asked during a press conference why he writes such strong female characters, his brilliant response was simply: “Because you’re still asking me that question.”
In his latest speech, Whedon continues his fight for the upward mobility of women. “If you’re someone who genuinely believes that women don’t deserve or aren’t as much as men, you’re like the plague. Okay? On the big history chart, you’re the plague.”
Whedon’s main point of this diatribe is one word: Feminist. Not the meaning of the world - in fact, he’s very much on board with the feminist ideal. It’s more what the word feminist - the combination of letters and sounds itself - implies:
...My problem with feminist is not the word. It's the question. "Are you now, or have you ever been, a feminist?" The great Katy Perry once said—I'm paraphrasing—"I'm not a feminist but I like it when women are strong."...Don't know why she feels the need to say the first part, but listening to the word and thinking about it, I realize I do understand. This question that lies before us is one that should lie behind us.
Whedon isn’t the only man that has been championing women’s rights and equality. Patrick Stewart has also been using his stature to advocate for the protection and safety of women and girls. As a man who came from an abusive childhood home, this is a cause very near and dear to his heart. In a campaign to bring awareness to the astonishing numbers of violence against women, Stewart posed for the below picture.
And in case that picture isn’t enough to make you want to hug Professor Xavier by itself, the below video surely will.
You can also check out the full interview with the lovely Joss Whedon below. And, since our voices as women apparently aren’t valuable enough to be heard or rendered as relevant, let’s give it up for the men whose voices ARE being heard; and who are using their considerable influence for the powers of Good, instead of Evil.