One of the top trending hashtags for a few minutes of 2014 was #FeministsAreUgly, and for some reason, that hashtag is back now, with a vengeance. Lots of women are taking to Twitter to show the world the folly of that stereotype, with some getting angry. Some men on Twitter agree with the hashtag’s sentiment, even if they don’t know where it came from. Believe it or not, the hashtag didn’t come from some bitter men’s rights activist, or some woman who thinks feminists are setting women back. It came from a woman who wanted to start a conversation.
Buzzfeed got to the roots of #FeministsAreUgly when it first appeared last year. It was actually a feminist under the Twitter handle @LilyBolourian who posted a selfie that said, “#FeministsAreUgly #WhyWouldIBeJealousOfYou.” Others joined in, trying to make a point that not only is the stereotype that feminists are ugly, bitter, carping women wrong, but that part of feminism is that looks shouldn’t matter. It was intended to convince women that they don’t need to adhere to the West’s narrow definition of beauty to be beautiful.
In 2014, the movement spread to include tons of selfies from tons of women who are in no way ugly, including some female celebrities who do fit the Western definition of beauty, like Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, and Emma Watson.
Today, people don’t know the origins of #FeministsAreUgly nearly as well, but many are still responding with beautiful selfies and quips along the lines of, “I love being ugly,” and “Dang…I thought I was pretty cute.” Even some men are getting in on the action, posting their own selfies and being proud of their feminism (yes, men can be feminists, too).
But others are responding differently. Some just don’t know the hashtag’s origins. Some of them, however, are men who seem to hold feminism with incredible disdain. There was this conversation, started by a well-meaning feminist who didn’t know the origins of #FeministsAreUgly. The man responding has a clear problem with feminists:
It does seem that the misogynistic men’s rights activists, and others who believe feminism will result in the subjugation of men, would have started #FeministsAreUgly. The truth is, it was started to create a conversation nearly a year ago, and it certainly succeeded. Some of the responses to the hashtag are exactly why we need feminism.
Featured image via Twitter. Text added by Rika Christensen/Liberalistics