If You’re Participating In #MenimistTwitter, You’re Probably An A**hole
#MenimistTwitter is trending because that’s what happens when a bunch of men on the internet collectively realize that there’s a discussion happening that might further the discussion of equal rights or better treatment of women. It’s classic derailing – a tactic that’s used to take the emphasis off a real issue and mock it or find offense in it – to move the discussion away from the initial topic and focus it on another. If you are participating in the #MenimistTwitter hashtag — you’re probably an asshole.
Menimism — it’s like feminism for men, get it? Only, men don’t need feminism because they aren’t the ones who are getting paid less for the same work, harassed in the streets, or fearful of exiting relationships because everyone thinks they are tantamount to property. Jokes about inequality are only funny if you are a total asshole. Same with jokes about different races, physical disabilities, and a plethora of other subjects that only ignorant idiots laugh about. Yes, it’s your right to be a sexist, ignorant, tone-deaf, jerk. It’s also my right to point it out.
Remember #YesAllWomen? It was a Twitter hashtag that emerged after Elliot Rodger‘s misogynistic murder spree, in which he blamed the violence he was about to unleash on being repeatedly rejected by women. He killed six people and injured 13 others. Women took to Twitter to share their own experiences with violence, harassment, and discrimination. It was moving, upsetting, and eye-opening. A few days later, #YesAllMen emerged. It mocked the honest, heartfelt tweets of women by poking fun at them and turning the spotlight back on men. Here’s an example of both:
Enter #MenimistTwitter, to pick up where #YesAllMen left off. This one was sparked by the conversation about street harassment that has been taking front-and-center lately. We can’t have that. It’s yet another perfect example of what happens when men who otherwise support women’s rights decide to make a joke out of equality. They open the door for misogyny to rear its head by saying, “This really isn’t serious. Let’s joke about it.”