Third-wave feminism in the United States is one that has attracted its fair share of criticism. From Anita Sarkeesian’s flawed attempts to find a misogynistic culture in video games to Gloria Steinem proclaiming that young women were only supporting Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Primary because they wanted to meet boys, we live in an era where feminists are confronted with controversy left and right. The rise of Men’s Rights Activism (MRA) has also sparked some problems.
With so much slander and libel running throughout the media, it is perhaps fitting that a voice of reason lay the hammer down on what is ultimately beneficial about feminism, and that person is President Obama. Penning an article for the women’s magazine Glamour titled “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”, the President spoke about his own experiences raising his children, revealing that the duty often fell on First Lady Michelle Obama as his life was consumed with work.
Despite this, Obama proclaims that it is ultimately healthy for his children that he identify as a proud feminist. While acknowledging that the country has come a long way towards ensuring women’s rights, Obama made sure to point out that there still is a lot of issues to deal with.
“In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves.”
The full essay will be available to read in the latest issue of Glamour, but you can check out the excerpt here.