June 11, 2014 1:03 PM EDT

There have been a lot of question marks surrounding the definition of “feminist” recently. Do feminists have to hate men? Can men even be feminists? (Pharrell, who came under fire for “kind of rapey” undertones in Blurred Lines, doesn’t “think it’s possible.”)

Well seven high school boys are here to set the record straight. In a video posted to Little Red School House, women’s studies teacher Ileana Jiménez’s blog, male students not only declare “I am a feminist,” but they explain why.

“It does embody more than equal rights for women and benefitting only women,” one student said. “It can help us all.”

(h/t: Cosmo)

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