Sometimes Twitter is a depressing place. Like yesterday, for example. Yesterday, the Washington Post, a highly respected news outlet, decided that it would be a good idea to use a graphic description of sexual assault to get clicks. The tweet immediately sparked anger across the internet, and I was sure they’d take it down and apologize. But no. The tweet is still there.
He pinned her to the floor and molested her, then he asked a question that's still seared on her mind http://t.co/LUwgi0YLTn
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 25, 2013
Usually, Twitter makes me pretty happy. Despite all the trolls and fail-tastic mainstream media accounts, there are a lot of funny, intelligent, and delightful people to follow. Specifically, there are a lot of really badass feminists who use Twitter to spread ideas, call out sexism, and share the occasional LOL. The internet is magical in general, but it has been an especially indispensable tool for feminists. On Twitter in particular, women from all over the world are able to connect more easily than ever before, and the conversations they’re having are inspiring.
I could write about why WaPo sucks for using rape as clickbait, but I think it’s pretty obvious. It’s just not acceptable to use sexual assault as a device to shock readers and up your page views. Given that sexual assault is so common and often remains so hidden, I would like to see more news organizations cover cases like this in a frank, honest manner. But exploiting a victim and sensationalizing her story is not an appropriate way to go about that.
But that’s enough about the Washington Post and the asshole who composed that tweet. For this post, I’d like to focus on the feminists who make Twitter an awesome place. So, without further ado, here are 10 feminists you should be following on Twitter. They will brighten your day, challenge you to think critically, and vanquish trolls like you’ve never seen before.
Did I miss any of your favorite feminist follows? Let me know in the comments!