Meet my pal Matt, here with my “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt pressed up to his hard, runner’s body:*
Matt is an interactive and social media marketer, marathon runner, and guy. He has a gorgeous girlfriend (who just happens to be a brilliant engineer), is a dedicated Vikings fan, and moderate beer drinker. He’s also very warm, funny, and intelligent, visible in the following quote below:
To me, feminism isn’t so much the conventional notion of women burning their bras and running through the streets screaming “I hate men!” It’s much deeper than that. I believe it’s more about challenging traditional ideas that say that women can’t do this or have to do that, whether in the workplace, home or playing field. Feminism means “no boundaries” and at the heart of the word, it is less about gender and more about being self-sufficient, empowering those around you, and spreading the knowledge that you don’t have to do what society says you should do.
(I’m happy that he brought the outdated notions of feminism, especially bra burning because it gives me an opportunity to debunk it as a myth: No, women did not burn bras, they tossed them. Draft cards were set on fire. And lots of feminists love men.)
You can follow Matt on Twitter (@mattjac) and see his blog here.
*Yes, I see the irony of objectifying someone’s body when writing about feminism. I’m funny like that.