14 Hot Hollywood Male Feminists That Will Set Your Heart Aflame
In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, the former One Direction member was asked whether or not he'd seek out a more "serious" audience as a solo artist. Styles responded — while making us swoon in the process.
"Young girls like the Beatles," he said. "You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going."
The Saturday Night Live alum has always considered himself a feminist — even before the birth of his daughter, Daisy. "I think [feminism] is a sign of masculine evolution on my part. And I'm going wave that flag freely and as high as I can hold it," the actor-comedian told PEOPLE. "But it doesn't change anything yet because I am a feminist. Or as Maisie Williams, who I've worked with, would say, 'I'm normal.' " Sudeikis continued: "I don't think, it doesn't make me any more decent because I had a daughter. I was lucky to get there ahead of her introduction to the world, and I hope to maintain that and stay on her good side for as long as I can."
After playing a receptionist the new all-female Ghostbusters, how could Hemsworth not be a feminist? The good news is that he is and has been for quite some time. He told Radio One he's "for sure" a feminist, in large part because of his parents. "I think that my views on things, as far as respect for women and so on, came from my mum. My dad has a very balanced and respectful view on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life."
That voice already makes John Legend pretty swoon-worthy, and his comments on feminism make him even more so: "All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights the world will be a better place," he said at a press conference for Chime for Change. "We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society."
The actor feels so strongly about women's rights that he penned an essay on reproductive rights, citing his mother's own illegal abortion and his two daughters as the reason for his passionate feelings. "I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me," he wrote. "Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different."
He played a pretty misogynstic character on Mad Men, but Hamm is anything but. Discussing the gender politics of the TV show’s era, he said, "The women who did work were treated as second class citizens, because it was male-dominated society. That was a fact of life then. But it wouldn’t be tolerated today, and that’s quite right in my book." Right on, Hamm!
Funny and feminist – is there a better combination than that? Meyers spoke of his support for reproductive rights in an interview with ELLE, saying his female coworkers continually inspire him: "When you work with the sort of really strong women that I work with, the idea that anyone would want to make decisions for them is hard to wrap your head around."
Also at Chime for Change, Prince Harry spoke out about the importance of improving the lives of women around the world. “We need to focus on the issues that afflict women and girls around the world, and we need to do it now,” he said. “We know when women are empowered they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them.” He also attended the Girls Summit in Nepal, which works to end child marriage.
He's not the subject of the "Hey girl" meme for nothing. When his film, Blue Valentine, got an NC-17 rating for showing a woman receiving oral sex, Gosling expressed his disappointment with the film industry's censoring of female sexuality. "You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on-screen," he said. "The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It's misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film."
Don't try to tell the Brooklyn 99 star that women aren't funny. In an interview with Glamour, he said that the only reason people think that is because "F--king idiot-ass men keep saying that women aren’t funny. It makes me crazy. I find it disgusting and offensive every time."
For Han Solo, being a feminist is pretty simple: “Yeah, because I like women and I respect women.”
He's got great abs, stars in two of our favorite shows (How to Get Away With Murder and Orange Is the New Black) – and McGorry is "absolutely" a feminist, and he wants more men to join him: "Ultimately, if there were as many male feminists as there are female feminists, we wouldn’t need to be fighting for equality.”
Moviegoers questioned Hardy on Mad Max: Fury Road's feminist undertones, saying "As you were reading the script, did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie!'" Hardy's reply? "No. Not for one minute." Insert clapping emoji here.
The Oscar winner has been a vocal supporter of the #HeForShe since the movement started, and for that, we love him even more than we already did.