“Why is feminism necessary?” he asked, calmly, unaware of what a loaded question it was.
I could not understand, at first, why I was so offended by this. Many men before him have called into question the importance of feminism. Many men before him have jumped through hoops in an attempt to deny the existence of sexism. Yet, here was a man who genuinely asked me to explain, who was willing to learn.
Why should I be angry? This was a good thing, wasn’t it?
Only it’s not.
Here was a man, the beneficiary of male privilege, claiming ignorance to issues of gender inequality and asking for enlightenment. Here was a man claiming he was simply not informed. A man, who in the past twenty years, has never questioned why society treats men and women differently, what more pondered on the far-reaching consequences of this prejudice.
How could I not be angry?
“I will see you like a rat in a cage running around trying to find ways to explain the cage to me, while I hold the key to open the door.”
– Aida Hurtado