The Debate

According to Times columnist Caitlin Moran, feminism is as simple and mainstream a concept as "the belief that women should be as free as men." So why, then, do so many men still find the term intimidating, even vaguely terrifying?

Why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? programme wants to find out.

Want to get involved?

Good, because it’s actually incredibly easy.  Lots of people (especially men) have asked what they can do.  We don't have all the answers, but we know that just getting people to think and talk about how gender inequality affects them (and people they know) would be a big step. So we’re crowd sourcing ideas to build a toolkit, and here’s how you can help:

Firstly, we want your ideas for things that men can do to help combat gender inequality.  Whether it’s something simple like challenging sexist comments or something bigger like becoming more active in campaigning on politics or pay, we want to hear from you. 

Let us know your ideas via:

  • Twitter - tweet us your idea @AreMenDoingIt, and use the #AreMenDoingIt hashtag too
  • Facebook - post your ideas on the ELF facebook page
  • Email - Send us an email to
  • Tell everyone you know about it and get their ideas too! 

​​​Secondly, you can buy one of our ‘Are Men Doing It? T-shirts (with our logo).  Wear your T-shirt, get the debate going, and, when people raise eyebrows or ask questions, explain what it all means.  Oh, and please tweet/facebook a picture of you wearing it too.

All proceeds from T-shirts will be spent on increasing the impact of the campaign for gender equality (we're a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation).

Get in touch with us via email to buy yours (online shop coming soon!)

We don’t have all the answers yet. But with your help, we’ll soon have lots more.


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