Being a feminist, I get a little irked when someone brings up the whole “But what about masculism/humanism/equalism?” debate. I understand why people are hesitant to use the word feminism because of its negative connotation. HOWEVER, until feminism is no longer needed (as in, until equality IS actually reached), we can’t use those words.
When I found out that #MeninistTwitter was trending over the weekend, I literally laughed out loud. First, I laughed because the meninist isn’t a word, and it sounds stupid. (Seriously, it tries to correct to “Leninist” and “meningitis” in spell check.) Then I laughed because I started reading them, and it’s the same thing as the #ineedmasculismbecause twitterstorm that occurred a while back. Basically it’s a bunch of tweets about how “oppressed” men are from people who don’t understand that feminism is NOT about getting free handouts.
Of course there are things that are unequal for men like the issue of child custody rates in divorce cases or that sexual assault does in fact happen to men. However, feminism fights for men’s rights as well, which seems to be a confusing concept for a lot of people. I get that this is supposed to be a joke, but the fact of the matter is that there are very real issues that feminism is fighting for. Diminishing those issues with stupid tweets about how guys have it so difficult is really annoying.
My body is my temple. You will feed me accordingly. #MeninistTwitter
— IOwnTheProduceStore (@KgosiLesedi) May 19, 2014
Ah yes, kicking things off with a hearty “Get back to the kitchen!” joke.
Ladies, don't always believe that if you hit a man that he won't fight back because you're a female. #MeninistTwitter
— The Weeklfe (@Morehouse2016) May 19, 2014
Violence is never okay. A woman hitting a man isn’t okay, and a man hitting a woman isn’t okay. But responding to violence with more violence also isn’t okay.
Why so emotional, you don't see me crying when my friends talk about me. #MeninistTwitter
— Papouche (@CMBFresh) May 19, 2014
And this is male oppression how?
#MeninistTwitter I will not pull out my body my choice
— Li'l Zé (@WealthAndJets) May 18, 2014
— Xomadi (@TheXomadi) May 18, 2014
Yup, having to put a toilet seat down is definitely equivalent to serious issues. Good point.
I had a dream where I was judged not by the amount of hair on my legs,but on the amount of love&care I gave out 2 theworld #MeninistTwitter
— tommy brown (@tommybrown371) May 18, 2014
When there's a loud noise downstairs in the middle of the night why can't YOU check it out? #MeninistTwitter
— Jean Maddox (@BXProfyt) May 17, 2014
I believe feelings should only be discussed when my favorite sports team loses #MeninistTwitter
— Jean Maddox (@BXProfyt) May 17, 2014
What about the guys who don’t watch sports, brah?
*This guy was really on a roll for a while.
Please stop repeatedly asking me to send you a "d**k pic". I respect myself, my body and my family. GET LOST CREEP #MeninistTwitter
— BLEVisthename (@BLEVisthename) May 17, 2014
Don’t worry, no one wants your penis pics.
No you cant have my hoodie, i like it too. Thats why i bought it. #MeninistTwitter
— Gavin Pedersen (@gavin_PD) May 17, 2014
Then you can’t have my hoodie either!
Christmas Eve? What about Christmas Adam? #MeninistTwitter
— connor. (@NikeZROking) May 17, 2014
Ask whoever makes calendars.
We can't make fun of flat chested women but women can make fun of non-bearded men? Not no more! #MeninistTwitter
— Moltisanti (@Yung_Mu) May 16, 2014
I don’t know which women are making fun of non-bearded men. I do know with that attitude, no girl wants you even thinking about her boobs, flat-chested or not!
I will NOT pay the check on our date. That is MY way of throwing off the rusty shackles of Male Oppression and Patriarchy. #MeninistTwitter
— En Sabah Nurr (@EnSabahNurr) May 16, 2014
I mean, if you ask someone out, you should probs pay. That’s kind of how it works. If I asked a guy out, I would pay.
— Bijan Mohebalian (@Beejnuttz) May 19, 2014
Hmm I see. Yes, this makes total sense.
i hate it when women have opinions smh #MeninistTwitter
— maryse k. (@dogburglar) May 19, 2014
This one isn’t ridiculous, but it basically summarizes the whole topic.
What do you think about this hashtag? Which one is the most ridiculous? Tell us in the comments!