Aziz Ansari’s Analogy For Why He’s A Feminist Is Simple And Perfect

“If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture. … People think feminist means like, ‘some woman is gonna start yelling at them. … If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.'”

While I don’t think feminism needs to be centered around men, I’m certainly happy to see anyone who understands its basic definition embrace the label, including funny dudes like Aziz Ansari. There are definitely more complex aspects to feminism beyond just “men and women should have equal rights,” and feminists disagree with each other plenty, but Ansari’s analogy (shared on last night’s “Late Show with David Letterman”) for why we shouldn’t be scared to use the word or identify as such is spot on. Welcome to the club, Aziz! [Policy Mic]