David Beckham has opened up about being a feminist, and showing his sons the importance of gender equality.
In an interview with Irish Independent, the former footballer credited his wife, Victoria Beckham, and his parents for teaching him how essential feminism is.
Asked whether he would call himself a feminist, Beckham said: “Would I? Sure, yeah, I’d like to feel that I am a feminist. I stand up for many different things that I believe in.”
The entrepreneur described how ‘important’ being a feminist is to him, “Having a little girl, I think that’s a big part of it. You know, my mum and my dad always brought me up to respect my sisters, my mum, my grandmother.
I think that is one thing that I was always brought up with. It is an important part of my life.
It has always been an important part of my life.”
Beckham has three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, ranging between 12 and 18 years old.
He told the publication that he and Victoria have educated their children from an early age about equality.
“It runs all the way through the house,” he explained.
“You know, I think at the end of the day, I have an amazing mum; I had an amazing grandmother. I have amazing sisters.
I have an amazing daughter and I want my sons and people around them to respect them [women] in the way that they deserve.”
Beckham also touched on the name of his new fragrance, Respect.
“I think respect is such a massive part of life,” he says, “and, in general, respect is such a strong word for many different reasons: in work, in business, in family.
“You respect yourselves. You respect other people. And you respect your parents as well.”