Twitter was busy this weekend. Two important hashtags exploded all over my feed on Saturday alone. The first was #SolidarityIsForRapists, which I believe is a play on #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen. Based on tweets I saw, I'm fairly certain it was started by women of color, likely black feminists/womanists. It would be real fucked up otherwise, if white feminists hijacked that. But I saw a lot of women of color using #SolidarityIsForRapists. So. I hope.
Anyway. It's about the Bill Cosby thing (the thing about how he's a fucking rapist, no there is no question about it) and how eeeeeeeeeeeverybody has to jump to every male celebrity's defense when he's accused of sexual assault no matter how many women have accused him and no matter how fucking ridiculous it is to think that any women would risk her mental health, physical health, life, etc. to falsely accuse someone. Every time. No sympathy for the woman who said she was raped. All the sympathy for the pooooooooooor rich famous guy (or regular guy, any guy really) and his fucking reputation, which by the way probably won't be damaged at all even if he's convicted if fucking Mike Tyson is any indication.
I could rant about this all day, I really could. So be grateful that I'm stopping here.
The tweets are great. Here's a sampling.
RT @WomenCanSee: #SolidarityIsForRapists when women are told to be quiet & think of the rapist's future pic.twitter.com/K79ifQG7mA
— The Pixel Project (@PixelProject) November 24, 2014
Because the victim's/survivor's memory is always questioned, but never is the rapist's memory questioned. #SolidarityIsForRapists
— Guerrilla Feminism (@guerrillafem) November 23, 2014
#TW #SolidarityIsForRapists when colleges would rather have rapists graduate w/ degrees from their institutions than help survivors
— Wagatwe Wanjuki (@wagatwe) November 22, 2014
#SolidarityIsForRapists when even law enforcement, the "justice" administrators of violence, are the biggest perpetrators of sexual assault.
— Lauren Chief Elk (@ChiefElk) November 22, 2014
Amanda Palmer got more sympathy for hemming and hawing than Janay Rice did for being assaulted #SolidarityIsForRapists
— Sydette (@Blackamazon) November 22, 2014
Entire communities will gang up on a teenage girl 4 reporting her rapist and "ruining his promising football career" #solidarityisforrapists
— Boats and Hose (@letsyoginbooboo) November 22, 2014
#solidarityisforRapists when vicitms have to prove they were the right kind of victim (respectable/wealthy/hetro/WW) to be taken seriously.
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) November 22, 2014
When more than 10 women need to come forward to start even considering a man a rapist #SolidarityIsForRapists
— ana guerra (@a_guerramarin) November 22, 2014
When sexual assault charges against Tarun Tejpal came out, "liberals" were concerned how it would hurt his "legacy". #SolidarityIsForRapists
— Angry Brown Man (@AListRap) November 22, 2014
Only 40 out of every 100 rapes is reported to the police. Of those only 10 are arrested. And 3 will see jail time. #SolidarityIsForRapists
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 22, 2014
I love Twitter sometimes, even if I'm not so good at it.
At the same time, black Twitter came up with #RacistFeministCourses. It's a compilation of fake feminist college courses making fun of mainstream white feminism. There are so many good ones.
MAUREEN DOWDology 101: stratgies on how to kick the ladder once you've climbed your way to the top #RacistFeministCourses
— liza (@blogdiva) November 22, 2014
When WW Succeed All Women Succeed: Tina Fey, SNL & How GREAT That Turned Out For BW #racistfeministcourses
— :| (@kchamomile) November 22, 2014
Talk That Talk, but in a nicer way please because I'm feeling a little uncomfortable: A Seminar on Tone Policing #racistfeministcourses
— Sylvia (@thepipsqueaks) November 22, 2014
Say My Name: How to Make Your Brand more important than discourse #racistfeministcourses
— Sydette (@Blackamazon) November 22, 2014
Feminism 101: How to appropriate the work of black women while discrediting their contributions #racistfeministcourses
— § || PÅÑTËRÂ || ∑ (@Chuk_Smoov) November 22, 2014
PSYC 3550: Feminist Sensation and Perception: We don't see color so maybe YOU'RE the real racists. #racistfeministcourses
— blaiseastra (@blaiseastra) November 22, 2014
Women in Hip hop and Their Influence on American Culture: From Fergie to Iggy Azalea #racistfeministcourses
— Giyo (@RobotJustice) November 22, 2014
Strange Fruit and the Universality of Very Specific Songs, taught by Annie Lennox #racistfeministcourses
— Gina Harris (@sultryglebe) November 22, 2014
Oh my god that last one. Damn.
Thank god for black women on Twitter. Just make sure you don't credit me for this stuff. If you like what you see here, you'd better follow some of the women who actually tweeted it. I didn't tweet shit, because I have a hard time being clever in such a short space. I rant.