#YouCantTrustAWoman: Sexist trends on Twitter
Another day, another trending topic about women.
Having noticed that at least a couple of times a week, a topic would trend with an anti-female message, I’ve been keeping a list of sexist Twitter trends over the last few weeks. Of course, there is the odd trend directed at men, but these appear to be far less prevalent.
Trends are fascinating on Twitter, because although many spring up as a result of news stories, many are community generated – in the sense that they won’t have started trending as a direct result of breaking news, but will have spread organically. This vote of confidence in a topic or idea is reiterated, until it becomes so popular it makes it into that coveted list on the bottom left of the screen.
Twitter notes that:
“Trends are determined by an algorithm and are tailored for you based on who you follow and your location. This algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter that matter most to you.”
The frightening level of misogyny in comments found on social networking sites that are directed towards prominent female figures, has been spoken of before by Independent Columnist Laurie Penny and New Statesmen Deputy Editor Helen Lewis, among others. These frequent hottest emerging topics of discussion further suggest a worrying caveman fear of the female species running through Twitter.
Here are some of the worst offenders recently:
And today’s, possibly one of the bluntest – #YouCantTrustAWoman. But, then as a woman, and [therefore according to tweets on the topic] prone to truth-aversion, I might’ve just made it all up.Tagged in: #YouCantTrustAWoman, feminism, sexist twitter trends, social networking, twitter, women
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