#MeninistTwitter thinks feminism is a movement about buying women flowers

And making men put down the toilet seat

Topics: Twitter, men's rights activists, ,

#MeninistTwitter is a hashtag that crept up Monday night, causing a lot of confusion about whether or not it was intended to be a genuine conversation about gender norms, a satirical critique of so-called men’s rights activists or, you know, a genuine expression of reflexive misogyny from men’s rights activists.

Turns out, it was mostly a group of men who think that feminism as a movement is mostly focused on getting straight men to buy their girlfriends flowers and women getting upset about the toilet seat being left up.

It was weird.

There is a lot of room within feminism to talk about the ways that gender norms hurt men. This Twitter conversation does not seem to be seriously interested in doing that.

A roundup of the bad tweets that may be good jokes:

And a roundup of the good:



 

 

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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