President Barack Obama on Feminism

Though I prefer to allow my actions rather than my words reflect my politics and my beliefs, I was inspired to share this photo of my mother after reading the president's remarks on feminism. I related to one passage in particular. "I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I was, how the world perceived me, and what kind of man I wanted to be. It’s easy to absorb all kinds of messages from society about masculinity and come to believe that there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a man. But as I got older, I realized that my ideas about being a tough guy or cool guy just weren’t me. They were a manifestation of my youth and insecurity. Life became a lot easier when I simply started being myself."

I debated for some time whether or not to share this, and I wrote thousands of words before finally realizing he says it better. Take time to read and share his thoughts with the would-be feminists in your life.