An Edmonton man says he is a feminist and not a feminist.
He says his life has been transformed by being a feminist, but he still doesn’t believe in it.
The story is part of CBC News’ ‘We Are Women: The Future of the Future’ series.
CBC Edmonton’s Amanda Latham spoke with the man, who has chosen not to use his real name.
“I don’t believe I believe in myself,” the man says.
“That’s just not my life.”
He says he has no problems with his body and wants to have a relationship with his wife.
He has been in a relationship for four years, but says that didn’t make him a feminist or advocate for feminism.
“It’s just the way I was raised.
And that’s how I think.
I have never had any intention to be a feminist.”
The man is an accountant who lives in Calgary.
He said he was raised in a family where it was OK to say “no” to certain things, including being in a same-sex relationship.
He told Latham that he has never had an issue with his gender.
“As long as you don’t want to be in a situation where you can’t be yourself and you want to feel like you’re doing the right thing, that’s fine,” he said.
“If you’re not willing to do that, you shouldn’t be in this world.”
Latham says this type of behaviour could be a problem for many people.
“Many people, even if they’re not aware of it, are willing to be supportive of people who are transgender, who are queer, who identify as women, but they’re also willing to tolerate that,” she said.
“They may even think, ‘I wouldn’t want you to be doing this.
This is wrong.'”
Latham believes this type the most common in today’s society.
“For the vast majority of people, they have no problem with this kind of behaviour.
They might not think it’s a big deal or that they have to change.
But in fact, the vast amount of people that have a problem with it are the ones that don’t necessarily have a lot of support from others,” she added.
The man says there are plenty of resources available to support transgender people and they should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin.
“We’re in a time now where we’re not in a position where it’s okay to say no to someone who’s gender non-conforming,” he says.
The CBC Edmonton story is an example of how people are living their lives as if their identities don’t matter.
CBC’s We Are Women project explores how we can empower and empower the next generation of women.
Listen to the full story on CBC Edmonton.