When conservative radio host Doc Thompson started the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist over the weekend, he wasn't really talking about how to identify people who believe in social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
Instead, he sought to make fun of anyone who dared identify as a feminist. Thompson retweeted many responses from men's rights activists and other deeply confused people offering up negative stereotypes about feminists -- namely that they are all hairy, preachy harpies with "daddy issues" who exist to put men down.
However, actual feminists have co-opted the hashtag to spread awareness about what "the f-word" really means, and it's incredible. Some tackled the definition, while others took down stereotypes about what a feminist looks and acts like.
Here's how to spot an actual feminist. MRAs, take note.
#HowToSpotAFeminist Look in the mirror. Do you believe in equality for all people? If yes, congratulations! You have spotted a feminist.
— The UnSlut Project (@UnSlutProject) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist: Look for the kind, opened minded individual who sees the importance of gender equality... aren't they just the worst?
— JamesChats (@JamesChatsTV) May 6, 2015
She's the one who supports other women in the struggle for equality #howtospotafeminist
— Katha Pollitt (@KathaPollitt) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist holding her head high, wearing whatever she likes, confident gaze, generally acting like a human who deserves respect.
— sylva (@queenfeminist) May 6, 2015
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist I'm one!
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist doing things in a safe consensual relationship you can't even dream out
— Sydette (@Blackamazon) May 6, 2015
— UN Women (@UN_Women) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist Hey, guys, it's me, here! Still joyful, still a human being with quirks, still committed to human rights & dignity.
— Erin Matson (@erintothemax) May 5, 2015
Shifting culture, policy, and media towards equality 24/7. #howtospotafeminist
— jamiaw (@jamiaw) May 5, 2015
I don’t need femimss #HowToSpotAFeminist ?
You cannot. You will never even know she is there. Until it is too late.
— WomanAgainstFeminism (@NoToFeminism) May 5, 2015
— NARAL (@NARAL) May 5, 2015
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) May 5, 2015
Misandrist & Feminist are not synonymous. If you're uneducated about it, Google is a great friend. Free. Open 24/7. #HowToSpotAFeminist.
— mockingly derisive (@xeaux) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist ? Mmm how do you spot a descent person who believes in the equality of all humans ? Mmmmmmmmmm
— gswaggroom (@girumbishu) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist we don't have reflections due to an ancient vampire curse. We also leviate and discuss trivial things like equality.
— Butt Medler (@OreoSpeedwagon_) May 6, 2015
Do you think that 51% of the population should have it slightly worse than 49% the population? No? Well, okay then. #HowToSpotAFeminist
— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) May 6, 2015