The Twittersphere recently erupted with a particularly nasty-sounding hashtag (#FeministsAreUgly). To retaliate, users have been posting photographs of pro-equality celebrities (the beautiful faces of Beyoncé, Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were frequently on my dash) and well as selfies of themselves. The point is fairly clear: there are plenty of feminists who are “regulation hotties” and anything but ugly.
As it turns out, the hashtag wasn’t started by Twitter trolls or militant Men’s Rights Activists . Instead, it was an ironic statement from two feminists in August 2014 whilst posting selfies. It seems that this was all a case of smoke without fire (and perhaps think before you tweet). But there’s actually a bigger issue at stake here, and that’s in how it was handled by the other feminists who thought the hashtag was legit troll bait. (And, it’s worth bearing in mind that I have seen many, many people of both genders have said they genuinely believe that only ugly girls are feminists, so it can’t all be dismissed as misunderstanding).