'American masculinity is broken': Men explain their Women's March activism


As women took Washington D.C. and the world by storm for the Women's March on Saturday, men also made their presence known -- many speaking out against President's Trump administration.

One day after Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands filled the streets of Washington D.C. wearing pink hats and holding signs relative to the intersectional rally rooted in women's rights activism.

Vaughn Allen, a man wearing an American flag around his neck at the Women's March, expressed patriotism and solidarity on Saturday, saying men coming out to protest "should be a no brainer."

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"I think American masculinity is so broken right now," Allen said. "It shouldn't be that noteworthy for men to stand up with women. Hopefully someday it won't be such a big deal."

A rally attendee from Boston, Mass., Allen said he was embittered after the election, and came down to Washington D.C. to show resistance to Trump. While he described events like the march as a "salve" for bitterness.

"There's a lot of strangers just standing up for each other," said Allen. "We all need to stay involved the next four years and I think this is an absolutely fantastic day one."

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The day was likely a success in the eyes of march organizers, who at one point released a statement rebutting reports that the number of attendees had grown to a point where they could no longer formally march.

"We are marching," reads the statement. "We are marching straight ahead toward the Washington Monument to the ellipse of the White House."

When asked what it meant for him to be a man at the Women's March, event attendee Jay Gold of Brooklyn, New York said he felt like he was with his "fellow human beings."

"The fact that it's a women's march is just an example of how the people who have been subjugated by this election have to stand up," said Gold. "As a man, I'm for it because if it's a woman today it will be someone like myself tomorrow."

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For Revis Jackson and Jamarion Mitchell, it was their first time in Washington D.C., and the Hammond, Louisiana natives and Dillon University students said they felt strongly about protecting the LGBT community.

When asked if there was any advocacy issue that specifically hit home for Jackson on Saturday, he responded, "The Vice President's beliefs that he can use shock therapy to change people's sexual choice -- just bringing awareness to that and how it's not acceptable."

Dr. Thomas Moore of Portsmouth, Virginia said he felt the need to "do something purposeful for the betterment of our nation."

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"I'm experiencing a lot of uncertainty in my career because I'm worried about future legislation that will impact the field of diversity and inclusion," said Moore.

When asked what it meant for him to be a man at the Women's March, Moore responded, "It means that I support women's rights but it also means I support rights for all people within this greater America."

As for Josh Kostrenski of Durham, North Carolina, his reasoning for protesting was pretty straight forward.

"The simple fact that women are fellow human beings -- we shouldn't legislate against that idea," said Kostrenski. "I have no specific agenda for today. I'm just here to support."