Twitter Hiatus Until The Men I Know Get Loud
I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me about how they hate it too but they never speak up.
I am constantly tweeting about gay rights (I’m straight) and racism (I’m white) - it takes two seconds and it’s part of who I am. My male comedy friends tell me the solution is to just let it slide, “these people are idiots” or they just say that they want to say something about how they see women being treated on line “but don’t know what to say.”
Well, a lot of people who aren’t “political” necessarily or policy wonk experts wrote their feelings quite well on why they wanted Obama re-elected - maybe some male comics or who are just guys who are funny writers and have a huge presence online can do something similar to this. http://90days90reasons.com/index.php
Here’s some examples of tweets I get EVERY DAY. See if the internet wouldn’t be less fun for you if you got this shit.
“ srry im stupid i meant why rnt u in Playboy.”
“: I’d do ya.”
Then I will come back to Twitter when I feel like I’m not the only voice constantly using her feed to interrupt her regularly scheduled funniness to try to teach young guys not to objectify women, tell them to shut up, correct their jokes, mansplain to them, etc.
I’m often told that women’s rights are not in any danger and I have the vote and we don’t need feminism anymore for “big issues” - (that’s a whole other issue) But the small issue of feeling part of the global web community is still a new frontier for women and we are starting at square one. I would love the support of my male friends in comedy - OUT LOUD and as part of their daily lives. The way we all do with gay rights and racism.
And when I feel I am not the only voice out there, I’ll come back to Twitter. And trust me, I want to. I have things to promote.