Recently in the wonderful world of Twitter the hashtag #TellAFeministThankYou mysteriously began to trend. As was expected the hateful were there to talk about bad men and the trolls were out full force to tell women to get back in the kitchen, stay ugly, and stay lonely and single… because that’s what feminists are… right?
I’ve always wondered if self-labeled “feminists” do anything outside of post angry replies on blogs, sign online petitions and tweet… but I guess that’s modern day activism for you – tweets, snark and the buzzword of the day MISOGYNY!
The term feminist has gone from a word which once had meaning to something mutated, unsure of itself, and many times contradictory of its purpose (depends on which “feminist” you talk to) so to say that a few guys and gals were annoyed by this hashtag is an understatement.
The following are some of my favorite replies; I’ve labeled them by who I believe is behind the statement but each had its own merit in the great conversation of feminism and the need for thanks!
The Insightful: #TellAFeministThankYou But in 2013, what is a feminist really? Someone who reads Nora Ephron and doesn’t shave their underarms? Too much? – @TrelawnySara
The Ray of Hope: To all the women and men who have and will continue to promote equality in all aspects of human life around the world #TellAFeministThankYou – @forneymegan
The Ass-Kicking Mom: #TellAFeministThankYou For not dating my respectable, honorable, door opening sons. I would not be too happy if one if you came to dinner – @Dawn_Kennedy2
The Maiden: #TellAFeministThankYou for being the reason why men let the door shut on my face instead of holding it open. – @FairestKayofNJ
The Young Gentleman: #TellAFeministThankYou to Dad for teaching me that being a strong man means embracing the strength in women, not suppressing it #NoDoorMats – @SpecBoogie
The Hawte: #TellAFeministThankYou is trending. I would participate, but I’m in the kitchen making my man a post-coital sandwich. – @ChireBailey
The Snark: #TellAFeministThankYou for helping to abort all those black babies nobody wants. – @darlingdelilah
The Realist: #TellAFeministThankYou for making so many chicks in this world UNBELIEVABLY unbearable from the jump so I don’t have to waste time with them – @Tark31
The Cynical: #TellAFeministThankYou- Most of the feminists I know wouldn’t thank me for thanking them for anything, they’d call me a “patronising pig” – @Yanzerman
As you can see there were many mixed opinions on this hashtag and I have stated my own opinion on it but I would love to hear yours. Do you have any reason to tell a feminist “thank you”? I saw many women being praised on Twitter who have come out and publicly declined the label due to their love for men (their words not mine). What are your thoughts on this hash tag?See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.