Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau On Why His Kids Are Feminists
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote a column for Marie Claire, in which he opens up about wanting his sons to “escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them.”
Toxic masculinity is certainly poisonous for the world. Maybe that’s why Justin has been so beloved by the people in his country.
“Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls,” he writes. “All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys—and it’s on all of us to make that a reality. Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply. But I want, too, to help them grow into empathetic young people and adults, strong allies who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice.”
He continued: “Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It’s the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free. It’s a relentless commitment to look for ourselves in each other, because that’s how we start to build a world where everyone is treated with respect and recognition. And it’s the unwavering conviction that all people have the same rights and freedoms—that my rights are your rights, and it is only when your rights are fully protected that mine are, too.”
Read the rest at Marie Claire.