#HowToSpotAFeminist tweets show people still don't understand feminism

May 5, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. ET

Do you know how to spot a feminist? We don't all wear T-shirts with the word emblazoned across the chest (although some of us do).

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: 

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Luckily there was also plenty of stuff like this: 

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What #HowToSpotAFeminist has proved is that we still have a long, long way to go before we smash those outdated, misogynistic stereotypes of what it means to be a feminist.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.

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