Mark Ruffalo on Mother's Abortion and Why It's Wrong to Say 'I Am Not A Feminist'
Actor, director, husband, father and activist, Mark Ruffalo has been outspoken on many social issues, including but not limited to; climate change, clean energy, water preservation, and women's issues.
In 2013, Ruffalo delivered a speech that was read during a Jackson, Mississippi abortion rally. Here is an excerpt:
I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different.
Lately there has been a lot of social media discussion as to what feminism means and who "qualifies" as being one. In March, Ruffalo made an unabashed statement about feminism on his Tumblr page.
In March of 2015
“My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
Ruffalo goes on to talk about the sacrifices women have made for their families and this country. It's worth visiting his Tumblr page to read the entire statement. He ends with this:
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
Gotta love it. Many thanks to Mark Ruffalo, not only for using his celebrity to speak out on feminism, but also for having the courage to take a political stand on many issues, when most entertainers are afraid of losing fans. My bet is for every fan he might lose, he gains 10 or more. And for some reason, I imagine he's not really worried about it these days.