#FeelingLit, #Fam, #SquadGoals, #Woke, #OOTD, #InstaMood — these are all-too-familiar, guilty pleasure #hashtags most of us have probably used at some point in our #millennial lives. And while hashtags are now (#tbh, since forever) losing their purpose, we do have occasional moments where they play a genuinely important role in creating meaningful dialogues.
Here are some hashtag movements I think everyone needs to be talking about.
Because every single woman I know has a story about a man feeling entitled to access to her body. Every. Single. One. #YesAllWomen
— Emily Hughes 🦔🦙✨ (@emilyhughes) May 24, 2014
"'I have a boyfriend' is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen"
— Vincente Perez (@IAmSubVersive) May 27, 2014
Because what men fear most about going to prison is what women fear most about walking down the sidewalk. #YesAllWomen
— mayhem (@DavySunshine) May 28, 2014
With the popping up of a hashtag as uncalled for as #NotAllMen, #YesAllWomen was bound to be just round the corner.
Popular since 2014, women everywhere use this hashtag to share their stories of facing or witnessing misogyny and violence. The posts primarily try to bring home the idea that though all men aren’t sexist, all women are — in some way or the other — affected by sexism and harassment. And while circumstances aren’t changing anytime soon, the very least we can do is lend an ear.
Today I’m late to class:
-A police officer treated me as a criminal for a crime I didn’t commit
-A teacher treated me as a stranger in my home of four years
-A school treated me as a prisoner trapped in classrooms once shared with the departed
Sure are safe#MarchForOurLives
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) April 6, 2018
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 7, 2018
After 2014’s #NotOneMore movement following the horrific Isla Vista shootings, you’d think gun safety would now be well on its way to advancement. But the recent high school shooting at Florida and the birth of #MarchForOurLives stands as a testament to how far from it we are.
#MarchForOurLives stems from the student-led demonstration called March for our Lives which took place in Washington DC in support of stricter gun-control. Widespread in the US, the movement gathered worldwide support online through the hashtag. People are using it to share frightening first-hand experiences, insightful opinions, and heartfelt condolences. With more and more netizens becoming a part of the movement, the pressure for action is stronger than ever before — giving us all the more reason to join in.
— David Roush (@daveroush) April 27, 2017
— western water luv (@westernwaterluv) March 24, 2018
In light of increasing global warming and growing drought possibilities, a hashtag movement – #DroughtShaming – has been trending in California since 2015.
Putting irresponsible citizens in the forefront, #DroughtShaming effectively works towards reducing the extent of water wastage. Be it overworked sprinklers, needlessly elaborate water fountains, or unnecessary serving of water in restaurants, the movement is bringing it all to light and getting water wasters to change their ways. Pretty smart, really — high time we got it viral outside of just California.
These women don't get it. Y'all just want to say hi. What's wrong with hi?!?! So let's just leave them out completely. #DudesGreetingDudes
— Elon James White (@elonjames) November 2, 2014
You see a dude in a nice suit, just roll up on him like "Damn. You wearing that suit. Hmm Hmm!" #DudesGreetingDudes
— Elon James White (@elonjames) November 2, 2014
"You look so exotic, bro. Can I touch your hair?" #DudesGreetingDudes
— It! Could! Work! (@middleclasstool) November 5, 2014
The viral video of a woman getting catcalled in NY city sparked a (read, nonsensical) debate on whether it is indeed misogyny, or a means of conversation and flattery. Elon James White had a more than appropriate response to the entire situation — if it’s just conversation, why don’t men do it to other men?
So, with hilarious tweets about what it would be like if men catcalled each other, #DudesGreetingDudes was born as the perfect anti-catcalling movement. Featuring typical catcaller dialogues in a male context, the posts that use this hashtag make for a) thoroughly insightful jibes and b) a delightful read. I’ve gone through at least 5 pages, and I’m completely sold on joining the bandwagon.
It’s easy to dismiss online movements as being armchair or elitist; almost as easy as it is to forget the sheer power of participation in creating a rallying point of change. So believe in the power of words and rant away — trust me, you’re not being lazy.
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