Terry Crews Talks Feminism & Modern Masculinity

“I think the big thing about feminism is that it scares men because, you know—the big deal is that people are scared of being controlled…I want to be clear that feminism is not saying ‘women are better than men.’ That’s not what’s going on … What it is is that we’re talking about gender equality, true gender equality …b ut the problem is that men have always felt like they’re more valuable … I have been that guy where I felt I was more valuable than my wife and kids.”

I’m not a football fan and I don’t watch”Brooklyn 99″ so while I recognize Terry Crews’ face, I am wholly unfamiliar with his work as an athlete and actor. But after watching this interview with Crews (above), I’m psyched to learn more, especially about his recent foray into gender criticism. Crews has written a book called Manhood: How to Be A Better Man — Or Just Live With One, and participated in the recent “What Makes A Man 2014: Maps to Manhood” conference, showing just how easy it is for men to support feminist ideals without taking over and dominating feminist spaces. Check out a few more choice quotes from Crews’ interview after the jump!

On men supporting feminism:

“I kind of relate it to slavery. Or even civil rights. Let’s not even go back to slavery, let’s go to civil rights—the people who were silent at the lunch counters, when it was the black lunch counter and the white one or the schools were segregated…and you were quiet. You were accepting it. Same thing with men right now. If you don’t say anything, you are, by your silence—it’s acceptance. I’m not going to be silent.”

On men treating women like trophies:

“…I’m living in the real world and you can drink the Kool-Aid all you want. A lot of guys love the Kool-Aid. The sports world is Kool-Aid world…You can do anything if [you win]…What happens is they win and they go, ‘You know that girl? She’s my trophy. I deserve that girl. In fact, she don’t even want to be with me, but I don’t care. I’m going to take it.’ What kind of mindset is that? Never never never never never should that ever be accepted. That’s not ‘code.’ That’s Taliban. That’s ISIS.”

[Jezebel]