Examples of these higher standards abound.
Critics of men who sport âThe Future is Femaleâ T-shirts also maintain that some are using the word âfeministâ inappropriately. The preferred term, they argue, is âfeminist allies.â The rationale is that white people who fight against racism wouldnât call themselves âblack,â just as straight people who rally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights wouldnât call themselves âtransgender.â
BuzzFeed recently published â17 Types of Male âFeministsâ That Need to Be Stopped,â an illustrated list that included a new father who suddenly becomes a feminist after he has a daughter, and a male manager who congratulates himself for hiring a female employee.
âItâs something I encounter all the time, but that man Robbie Tripp was the real kick in the pants in inspiring the post,â said Loryn Brantz, who wrote and illustrated the article and is also the author of the book âFeminist Baby.â
Mr. Tripp is the San Francisco man who became an internet sensation this summer when he posted a gushing ode to his wifeâs âcurvy bodyâ on Instagram. People were divided on his seemingly self-congratulatory realization that âthe media marginalizes women,â and his appreciation of his wifeâs âthick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll.â Some cooed and said âAhâ; others sneered and said âEw.â
âGood Morning Americaâ interviewed the couple in a segment titled âHero Husband or Fake Feminist?â The culture site Refinery29 dismissed Mr. Trippâs paean as âthe worst type of âmale feminism.ââ
Celebrities also weighed in. Melanie Lynskey, who will star in the TV series âCastle Rock,â said on Twitter: âPublic announcements of devotion are very sexy to me,â she said. âWhat isnât sexy is acting as though…