Justin Trudeau Knows His Ardent Feminism Shouldn't Be Newsworthy & His Remarks Hit The Nail On The Head
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has touted his feminist beliefs since before taking office in November, only adding to his Disney prince looks to make women around the world swoon at the mention of his name. Unlike male feminists who simply want attention from women for their "progressive" thinking, Trudeau's latest feminist comments will make you crush even harder on the politician. At the United Nation's 60th Commission on the Status of Women Wednesday, Trudeau spoke to a room full of people committed to promoting gender equality around the globe, saying he wants male feminism to be normal, not something to freak out over.
"Why, every time I say I'm a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode?" the Canadian prime minister said. Yes, Twitter users usually applaud him for his stance, but he thinks feminism should be a common political position. "I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug," he added at the U.N. session. "It shouldn't be something that creates a reaction. It simply is saying I believe in the equality of men and women and I believe that we still have an awful lot of work to do to get there." *Heart eyes emoji*
The Prince Eric lookalike encouraged other political leaders to foster gender equality in their governments, as he did when selecting his cabinet members. When asked why he appointed 15 men and 15 women to advise him in November, Trudeau replied: "Because it’s 2015."
Now that it's 2016, it's even more unreasonable for governments worldwide — including the U.S. — to have such an imbalance of male and female politicians and public employees. To world leaders who say they'd love to appoint more women, but are held back by their political parties or legislative branches, Trudeau said Wednesday:
Well, what are you doing to change that configuration and draw out those extraordinary women who can be leaders that we need?
Trudeau's commitment to gender equality and most of all his humility about it make him the ideal political crush. Men are often overly praised for being outspoken feminists, and the Canadian prime minister realizes that it's ridiculous for him to gain attention for believing in the simple notion that men and women are equal. Yes, the world needs male feminists in order to end gender discrimination, but they shouldn't be treated as saints; however, Trudeau's acknowledgement of this makes him an actual saint.
Being a feminist isn't a big deal because it's just about equality. Trudeau said it best himself: "For my generation and younger, it's all sort of a ‘duh.'"