Being a feminist is important. Why in the world don’t women deserve to be equal to men?! But it can also be quite a trial. Why?
1. Internet trolls who insult, threat, argue and mansplain.
The term ‘mansplaining’ originated from this fantastic essay by Rebecca Solnit in 2008. It can now be found in her collection ‘Men Explain Things to Me’.
2. When #notallmen derails and belittles conversations about women’s issues.
@toasterposey That's false, you can't single out an entire gender. Do women get slighted in sports yes. All men aren't at fault for that.
— Michael G. Money ™ (@GMoney812) May 14, 2016
I've never worn a dress and raped a women in the bathroom. #notallmen
— Tom McGrath (@TheTommyToms) May 11, 2016
— Paris On Line (@DavidParis) May 26, 2016
3. When people people get confused about feminism.
4. The lack of intersectionality in media representation.
#SolidarityForWhiteWomen blew up on Twitter, calling out the double standards between white women and women of colour.
#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen whn Rihanna is criticized for wearing a traditional carnival outfit bt Lena Dunham is praised for going topless
— Black Bordeaux (@SoleAurochs) August 12, 2013
#solidarityisforwhitewomen when pink hair, tattoos, and piercings are "quirky" or "alt" on a white woman but "ghetto" on a black one.
— Zeba Blay (@zblay) August 12, 2013
5. When people we admire say that they’re not a feminist.
6. When a metereologist is given a cardigan to cover up live on air because they’re “getting a lot of emails”.
— Megan McGrath (@meg_mcgrath) May 14, 2016
7. #fakereadergirls – a male booktuber slammed female booktubers because you can’t be pretty, intelligent, wear make-up AND read. Obviously.
The whole YA community jumped up in defence and the tweets are angry, hilarious, scathing.
summary: grown man rants abt how young women who wear make-up & enjoy the company of others can't really be readers
what a time to be alive
— Victoria Aveyard🇺🇸 (@VictoriaAveyard) May 24, 2016
Its a good thing I'm feeling more masculine today otherwise I might have lost my ability to be a booknerd 👍🏼#fakereadergirls
— Aaron🌱 (@achapterahead) May 24, 2016
This all goes back to the misogynistic mentality that says if women are interested in something, they have to prove it.
— Mari (@mynameismarines) May 24, 2016
8. The fear that we’ll never not need it…
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