It is a common misconception that gender equality is a women's issue that men don't really need to bother with , but in order to achieve equal opportunities for everyone, the entire population needs to be on board.
The injustices that gender inequality can present are painful for everyone involved. Nobody wants to see their mothers, wives and daughters being disrespected, or even worse, abused and the male celebrities below have taken a very public stand for that they believe is right:
7. Daniel Craig
Patricia Arquette's Oscars speech targeting pay inequality might have nabbed all the headlines back in 2015, but Daniel Craig was the figurehead for a campaign about exactly the same thing back in 2011.
The burly James Bond actor quite literally puts himself in a woman's shoes... and clothes while Judy Dench reprises her role as 'M' and narrates the following:
Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own 1 percent of the property... So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking
Watch the Sam Taylor Johnson directed video for yourself in the player below:
6. Antonio Banderas
Antonia Bandaras was the face of the UN 's Stop Violence Against Women campaign in 2013, in a moving PSA the 53-year-old Spanish actor speaks directly into camera and delivers the following difficult facts:
Two million women and girls are trafficked each year into prostitution, forced labor, slavery or servitude… These women are our sisters and our daughters, our grandmothers and our mothers. This is unacceptable. And it must stop now
You can watch Bandaras delivering his speech in the video clip below:
5. Patrick Stewart
Patrick Steward has been a life-long, vocal supported of gender equality, but it was his 2009 speech about domestic violence that sticks in the mind.
Stewarts father violently abused his mother throughout his childhood, and he opened up about this taboo topic in a speech for Amnesty International UK. He told audiences that:
Even if she had [done something to provoke my father to hit her], violence is a choice. And it’s a choice that a man makes. We can choose to stop it
In 2013, Stewart was quoted as saying that he believes that violence against women is the:
single greatest human rights violation of our generation
4. Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller is stands up for gender equality and he isn't afraid to shout about it. In 2013, he joined in the One Billion Rising protest in Times Square and he was interviewed on camera saying:
I’m Ezra Miller, and I’m here with the One Billion Rising action in Times Square, joining many people all across the planet in a hope to end the rape culture. One in three women in the world will experience domestic violence or rape within the course of their lifetime. To me, I grew up in a household of women and I feel that all revolutionary causes should start with addressing misogyny
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a proud, self-identifying feminist and he believes it's deeply important to reconsider the way that we view the world and women.
He spoke out on the Ellen show about his upbringings and beliefs in 2014 and told the audience that:
My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She would always point out to my brother and me that our culture does often portray women like objects... She wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies and on magazines all the time. And if you don't stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality.
2. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling might have became a icon for gender equality accident thanks to the feminist Ryan Gosling blog, but he would approve of the messages he lends his face too.
The 'sensitive movie dude' has spoken out about discrepencies in how male and female sexual pleasure is censored in movies after his movie Blue Valentine was given a NC-17 rating for depicting a woman receiving oral sex. Gosling spoke out and said:
You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen... The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It's misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.
And then we all wanted to be his girlfriend. The end.
1. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe has been very open about how uncomfortable the everyday sexism he notices makes him feel and he has spoken out specific issues that have made him feel uneasy multiple times.
When he was filming Harry Potter alongside Emma Watson, a British newspaper published a countdown to when she reached her 18th birthday and would be able to do more sexual scenes.
This blatant sexualisation of the intelligent young woman that he worked alongside was a shocking realisation about how women can be objectified in the media. In a recent Reddit AMA he wrote:
The countdown that Emma’s birthday was to when she turned 18, or 17, or whatnot, it was insane. Seeing that happen at a young age gave me perspective” and awareness
He has also spoken up about troubling turns of phrase such as "the friend zone." He told Buzzfeed that:
Have you ever heard a girl say she’s in the friend zone? It’s a thing I think men need to be really careful about using... Do I think men and women can be friends? Yes, absolutely. Do I think men and women who are sexually attracted to each other can just be friends? Eh, it will probably become an issue at some point whether you deal with it, and talk about it and just move on, but it will always sort of get dealt with eventually… I definitely think the idea of friend zone is just men going, ‘This woman won’t have sex with me.’