Misogyny Continues Online

Calls to “repeal the 19th Amendment,” which gave women the right to vote in 1920, remarkably became a trending topic online and Twitter hashtag during the 2016 election after political analyst Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com reported that Trump would win almost every state if only men voted. Snopes.com scoffed at the notion that the Twitter trend and hashtag were representative of Trump supporters and certainly they are correct. The Washington Post pointed out that it was only a trending topic because of all the outrage on Twitter that it even exists.

But “#Repeal the 19th” now has more than 4,000 tweets and people are still posting to it, along with an online video that currently has more than 7,000 views and seems to make a serious argument against feminism or equal rights for women.  It is probably satire, like something  out of The Handmaid’s Tale, but not all the posts on “Repealthe19th” are satire. There has clearly been a significant anti-feminist backlash. Trump won 53 percent of white women. But since Trump won with a majority of support from white women, there is no need to repeal the 19th amendment.

Samples from #Repealthe19th:

I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live fully in my femaleness

Miran7777, a fascist, anti-semite, neo-Nazi alt-right activist from Slovenia with more than 1,000 followers, tweets that “Feminism has failed. Now start a family, bitches.” He posts pictures on his own tweet site of Melania Trump as the perfect woman, submissive, and men must be strong, tough, muscular, domineering, not like the Jews and pedophiles.

Cassandra@pullmydaisies is probably a feminist, but one wonders with tweets like this:

Me: Women deserve equal rights.

Pentagon: women will be drafted to war.

Me: not on my watch! women belong in the kitchen.

See for yourself: https://twitter.com/hashtag/RepealThe19th?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It would be interesting to find the hub of misogyny online, and to prove to those in denial that it is still a strongly held prejudice.

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