[Content Note: Slurs, Rape Denial]
Last night, I noticed a couple hashtags on Twitter making the rounds: #WhitesCantBeRaped and #EndFathersDay. Both trended worldwide, and #EndFathersDay alone has 52,000 tweets. #WhiteCantsBeRaped purports to be a hashtag started by feminist women of color, a prank that seems concocted by a Jägermeister-fueled Michelle Goldberg. #EndFathersDay claims to be a hashtag dedicated to abolishing Father’s Day, because men are worthless deadbeats or some other such strawfeminist rot. Of course, neither are hashtags founded by any feminist within the movement, and instead seem to have taken root within the internet’s seedy underbelly, 4Chan (click image to enlarge):
This sort of thing is, unfortunately, to be expected of 4chan. It’s a site that, in its 10-year existence has been known as a stomping ground for pedophiles, has hacked Trayvon Martin’s email account, and harassed an eleven-year-old girl so badly that she had to be placed under police protection. That a site who addresses its members using seemingly endless variations of the f-slur would also be anti-feminist is to be somewhat expected. It also appears as though Thought Catalog (that increasingly awful, racist, pile of garbage) has ties to the #EndFathersDay tag. Anne Gus, author of other gems like “HELP! Fuglies Won’t Stop Pretty-Shaming Me,” and “When He Says “No”: Denying A Woman Sex Is Rape,” has posted there claiming to be the feminist founder of the tag:
I’m seeing so many great, fierce, and empowered posts under the hashtag, something that makes me super-duper proud to be a feminist in this day and age. Some people however, are like saying that it’s only a joke-hashtag or something like that. This is 114% FALSE. I made that hashtag from my HEART cuz I, along with most feminists, truly believe fathers are totally evil creatures.
This is unsurprising to those who have been following Thought Catalog’s descent into rabid poo-slinging. What may actually surprise some is the number of people who seem to have fallen for these hashtags. Of course, it’s difficult to say who is genuinely taken aback by the hashtag, and who is in on 4chan’s joke. But one thing is for sure – it’s definitely the fault of liberal feminists (and hoes, of course):
Y'all wanna #endFathersDay cuz u dumb ass hoes pick the wrong dude to let nut in you. Bitch YOU the problem
— lil duval (@lilduval) June 13, 2014
— Harriet Baldwin Text Trump 88022 (@HarrietBaldwin) June 14, 2014
The left is tweeting why #WhitesCantBeRaped. Tell me again how that is the good and loving side?
— TeenagePatriot. (@SamSaunders42) June 13, 2014
— GerK_HuMan (@GerK_HuMan) June 14, 2014
People will no doubt continue to use these strawfeminist constructs as proof of social justice warriors run amok (some will even do so while admitting it’s a hoax!). After all, confirmation bias is still a thing. No matter how loudly we denounce these so-called movements, people will continue to place blame on those misandry-fueled feminists. As of now, there’s not a shred of evidence that either of these hashtags are even tangentially related to the feminist movement, which anyone practicing even a hint of skepticism would notice. To quote Laci Green, “everyone can take their “this is why i hate feminism” rage pants off now.”