Not to give cookies for pointing out the obvious, but there’s something special about seeing an influential white man use his platform to speak some feminist truth.
I certainly understand why many people in social justice activism reject the label “feminist,” because historically it has primarily benefitted white, cisgender women. However, it is definitely frustrating for me to see people reject feminism because they’re buying into the false, Rush-Limbaugh-version of it, instead of actually doing the work to understand the history of first- and second-wave feminism.
To pull a quote from Ruffalo’s tumblr post –
“First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”