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:
#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
Luckily there was also plenty of stuff like this:
This could also say: how to spot any rational adult who respects others.#HowToSpotAFeminist
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist A man or woman who believes in the equality of the sexes, politically, economically and socially 🙂
— jordie (@jbaigs) 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What #HowToSpotAFeminist has proved is that we still have a long, long way to go before we smash those outdated, misogynistic stereotypes of what it means to be a feminist.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