Hey guys, great news. According to a tweet posted to the GOP’s official Twitter account — acknowledging the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of the bus in Birmingham, Alabama — racism has ended. I’m not sure when it happened, but it must have been recently. I was in Pennsylvania this weekend, though, and phone and internet service was pretty spotty up there, so I wouldn’t be surprised if racism ended over the holiday weekend, possibly even during Thanksgiving dinner. Talk about something to be thankful for!
But seriously. Racism has ended? O RLY? The ridiculousness of such a statement prompted Twitter user @FeministaJones – follow her! — to start the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen as a “satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it.” You can check out a Storify of just some of the tweets after the jump. Meanwhile, the GOP backtracked and tweeted an update: “Previous tweet should have read ‘Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.’” That’s better. [#RacismEndedWhen via The Daily Dot] Keep reading »
Nope, not quite done talking about Kanye’s Big Day Out yet! One of the other notable quotes that came out of Kanye’s mouth yesterday, beyond all the gushing he did about Kim Kardashian, was when he, while telling Angie Martinez why he was dropping Nike and starting a partnership with Adidas, explained his intension to become “the Tupac of product.” (This is something he also said a few weeks ago, in an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106, so it seems to be a somewhat pre-planned talking point for the ambitious rapper/producer/designer/whatever.) This grandiose aspiration inspired Twitter users @YoungSinick and @JamilahLemieux to start the hashtag #KanyeJobTitles, featuring similar over-the-top comparisons. You know, like “the John the Baptist of Blogging.” Check out the Storify after the jump for all the hilarity. [Twitter via Awesomely Luvvie] Keep reading »
I love reading about how clever trending hashtags are born. The Daily Dot has a post about the currently trending #MensRightsMovies hashtag, which was born out Aaminah Khan‘s punning tweet about bronies, above. The hashtag took off almost instantly, with hundreds of others contributing their own hilarious anti-woman/anti-feminist/pro-MRA spins on popular movie titles. Check out some of our faves, after the jump! [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »
There’s a new Twitter hashtag #IAskedPolitely chronicling all the times that women have spoken up about sexual harassment/sexual situations in the workplace and not a single thing changed. It’s come about following “Donglegate,” the incident I wrote about earlier this week in which former SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards tweeted a picture of a guy who was cracking sexualized jokes at a recent tech conference. The incident has spurred a huge debate about sexism in tech, privacy, and professionalism — both sides convinced the other is just being butthurt. I won’t wade too deeply into the critiques, although I linked to some in Today’s Lady News on Friday. But I did want to point out the #IAskedPolitely hashtag, which is turning into a list of all the awful things that have been said to women who’ve spoken up about sexism in the workplace. You have no sense of humor! It must be your period! You’re overreacting! Of course that’s the reason. No, no, no, it couldn’t be that sexist culture is f**ked up. [Twitter.com #IAskedPolitely]
Twitter’s #WhatToSayAfterSex hashtag is chock full of stupid/awful/offensive/misogynist post-sex one-liners. But there were a few that impressed me. Such as “That was amazing. It [was] like a wild leopard on acid on a roller coaster made of sweets.” Wow. If someone said that to me, I might propose right then and there. Actually, I had no idea people did anything besides besides eat, sleep or cuddle after sex. Huh. #WhoKnew. What do you say after sex? [Twitter]
Occasionally, Twitter users take on a cause that isn’t just posting pictures of their cats or ruminating on the injustices of waiting in line at Shake Shack. Like today’s hashtag campaign, started by blogger and Twitter-er London Feminist. The #ididnotreport campaign (which definitely comes with a trigger warning for those who have suffered sexual assault or abuse), encourages women to share their stories of sexual assault and the reasons why they may or may not have reported their experiences. Keep reading »