How to Stop Being a “Proud, Proud, Proud” Feminist on Twitter
You may have noticed that Twitter’s “proud” tag has become a thing in recent years, but the move has also caused controversy.
In a new report from the Women’s Media Center, women’s rights advocates say the trend of using the tag is “deeply problematic,” and is hurting women and their allies.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the tag used as a shaming tactic, and it’s a shame,” said Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook.
“If it’s the norm to use ‘proud’ as a trigger, then it’s wrong.”
Sandberg told the publication that while Twitter may be a great tool for sharing your opinions, the tag “pushes a false narrative that women are not capable of being feminists and that the ‘right’ way to be a feminist is to be violent.”
“The tag is so toxic because it’s so easy to dismiss, to turn it off and to use the phrase ‘purity is dead,'” she continued.
“We have to be willing to challenge the power of the patriarchy.
The only way to fight back is to speak up.”
In its 2016 survey, the WMC found that 44 percent of women online “use the term ‘pussyhats’ to describe people who are misogynists or have negative opinions of women or people of color.”
The survey found that more than half of these comments were directed at women of color.
In 2015, the organization called for the hashtag #PussyhatDay to be removed from Twitter.
Sandberg also criticized Twitter for not addressing the hashtag on its own platform, saying the company’s approach was “outrageous.”
“If you look at the number of times #PUSSYHAT is used, Twitter is not addressing it at all, but I guess they’re not doing anything to try and change the conversation,” she said.
“Twitter has been a very successful platform for women to say things that are really big, to have a big impact and to make a big difference.
But Twitter is trying to use its platform as a bully to silence these women, which is so wrong.”