Can men be feminists?
Can men from Texas be feminists?
(I couldn’t resist.)
Like me, Jon Lasser is a Magination Press author. His latest book, GROW HAPPY, teaches children about positive psychology. (Check it out!) He’s not a feminist scholar, writer, activist, or rabble-rouser. But I thought he might have some interesting things to say about feminism.
I asked Jon, “What does feminism mean to you?” Here’s what he said:
As a father of two daughters, my most direct and personal interest in feminism stems from a desire to create a world in which girls grow up to have equal opportunities to develop and thrive, as well as equal access to resources. As a man, I also believe that feminism benefits not only women, but all people, because equality and justice lift everyone.
“Equality and justice lift everyone.” Jon’s powerful words remind me of something feminist Audre Lorde wrote decades ago:
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
Don’t ever underestimate men from Texas, even when it comes to feminism. Because if we’re ever going to achieve true social justice for all, we need all hands on deck.
Here’s some more information about Jon!
Jon Lasser is a Professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Texas State University. He earned his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) in Texas. He is the co-author of the children’s book GROW HAPPY (Magination Press) and of a forthcoming book on parenting and screen time from Oxford University Press. He sees children and adolescents in his private practice (Cypress Tree Therapy) in San Marcos, Texas.
FEMINISM FROM A to Z is now available for pre-order!