We Heart John Legend for Being a Fearless Feminist

John_Legend_ (1)Earlier this week, John Legend came out as a feminist and said he thinks all men should follow suit. Naming his mother as a primary influence, Legend explained,

If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered—it leads to a better society.

The suave singer was prompted to announce his view at the press conference for Chime for Change, a Gucci-founded charity that “raises funds to improve the lives of women worldwide.” And with women’s rights at the center of the current political hotbed, Legend’s statement could not come at a better time. Declaring a feminist identity has been cringe-inducing for some celebrities, even if they claim to support women’s rights. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are perfect examples: Both women have explicitly told the public and the media not to label them as feminists, despite having announced support for women’s empowerment many times in the past.

Legend’s comment dispels misconceptions of feminism. He proves that you don’t need to be a woman to be a feminist and that men don’t need to view feminism as an attack on them. Indeed, all of us are integral to moving forward and making the world a more equitable place.

Thank you, John! Here’s to hoping more celebrity men will be as awesome as you.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


  1. Hooray for Black male feminists!

  2. HUZZAH, John Legend!

  3. Denitra Bovian says:

    While I’m appreciative of both John Legend’s music and his support of feminism, I can’t help but find it disappointing that he would make a song with Rick Ross. Rick Ross who brags in a song “put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” My peers informed me that “molly” is closely akin to Ecstasy and has been used in the same fashion as the date rape drug. It is grossly apparent from his lyrics that Rick Ross is rapping and bragging about raping a woman. Endorsements such as this by a high profile celebrity such as Rick Ross further contributes to the culture of rape and gives both men and women the impression that such a line of thinking is not only tolerated but also accepted. John Legend has to not only talk the talk but walk the walk. If you are a male feminist, then you have to be one in ALL aspects…this includes the artist you choose to collaborate with.

    There is a petition asking Reebok to pull Rick Ross from being their spoke person as a result of the lyrics stated above. Here is the link for anyone who would like to sign it http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/reebok_rick_ross/

  4. dclioness says:

    and some of us heart him a lot less for his support of charter schools. Community-driven education, yes; the privatization of the public school system and the host of problems associated with charters, no.

  5. Personally, I am glad that celebrities like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift don’t want to be labeled as feminists, as I feel that they are an awful example of what a feminist is.

    I hope more male celebrities follow Legend’s example and “come out” as being a feminist though!

  6. been playing his new record from his website all day http://smarturl.it/JohnLegendSite

  7. I’ve been appalled for a while now that younger women decry the feminist label. What’s not to like, I wondered. Then I read Lean In, and Sheryl Sandberg’s explanation, a mea culpa of sorts. Here it is:
    “We accepted the negative caricature of a bra-burning, humorless, man-hating feminist. She was not someone we wanted to emulate, in part because it seemed like she couldn’t get a date. Horrible, I know— the sad irony of rejecting feminism to get male attention and approval. In our defense, my friends and I truly, if naïvely, believed that the world did not need feminists anymore. We mistakenly thought that there was nothing left to fight for.”

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