Justin Trudeau has touted his feminist beliefs well before he took office this past November — winning over the hearts of Canadians with his progressive thinking in the process.
His latest feminist comments have the aim to empower Canadian millennial men on the subject, which is something we can definitely get behind.
Over the weekend, Trudeau met with four millennial men who are the masterminds of Generation Y Not, a Montreal-based YouTube channel, for an interview focused on how men can be more effective at participating in the feminist dialogue.
The men asked Trudeau to answer what advice he would give men to become better feminists.
“There’s lots of things you can do to be a better feminist as a man but here’s a simple one: don’t interrupt women, and notice every time women get interrupted in conversation,” the Prime Minister said in a Snapchat video.
And in 10 brief seconds, he nailed the topic.
But this isn’t a belief that he wants to win people over with; it’s one that should become a common mindset for everyone, not just political figures.
“Why, every time I say I’m a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode?” asked Trudeau at the United Nation’s 60th Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, adding that calling for gender equality should be a mainstream political position.
“I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,” he added at the U.N. session. “It shouldn’t be something that creates a reaction. It simply is saying I believe in the equality of men and women and I believe that we still have an awful lot of work to do to get there.”
Directing these beliefs at millennial men who have the opportunity to set an example for younger generations is the perfect way to start creating a change.