Perhaps we should, if only to show those who don't believe in equal rights for men and women that feminists come in all shapes and sizes. They can even — brace yourselves — be men!
I should have known that clicking on the #HowToSpotAFeminist hashtag on Twitter today would be frustrating. Not because I don't think feminism should be discussed or that I'm not prepared to explain what it means to those who might not understand.
Because of stuff like this:
#HowToSpotAFeminist When you see someone in the room (male or female) who constantly looks like they smelled a fart.— Killer Bunny Sam J. (@PolitiBunny) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist she's the one screaming "RAPE" because a man held a door open for her.— Brittany Pounders (@LibertyBritt) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist - Usually fat & ugly, always inherently unlikeable, supremely hypocritical, snarky, annoying, deluded, intransigent.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist If someone blames their problems and unsuccessful life on you because you're a man, you know you encountered a feminist— The Dude In Lewd (@Fengaz) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist a woman who tells you have the right to choose to be anything you want and who then tells you made the wrong choice.— Space Bunny (@Spacebunnyday) May 5, 2015
Luckily there was also plenty of stuff like this:
This could also say: how to spot any rational adult who respects others. #HowToSpotAFeminist— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 5, 2015
Someone that truly believes in gender equality no matter the profession or situation. #HowToSpotAFeminist— Justin Wright (@thinkersrefuge) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist A man or woman who believes in the equality of the sexes, politically, economically and socially :)— jor (@maliagif) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist? Look in my direction.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist Simple--someone who believes men and women have equal rights and deserve equal opportunities.— Greg Camp (@GregCampNC) May 5, 2015
What #HowToSpotAFeminist has proved is that we still have a long, long way to go before we smash those outdated, misogynistic stereotypes of what it means to be a feminist. Before we stop people believing that all feminists are man-haters, hypocrites, victim-playing moaning minnies.
Which only goes to show that today's Twitter action is a really important reminder of why feminism is so important.
FYI: How to spot a feminist? It's the person fighting for your daughter, your sister, your niece — for you — to live a life of freedom and equality.
#HowToSpotAFeminist *raises hand, waves at everyone* We are everywhere.— Eve Vawter (@EveVawter) May 5, 2015
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