One of the big problems with hashtag activism is you’re never sure if it’s genuine or not.

There’s an organized, ongoing attempt by people from 4chan/pol, reddit, MRA/MRM sites, and Stormfront all working together to attack feminists on twitter– specifically Black feminists/womanists. #YourSlipIsShowing (created by sassycrass on twitter) covers some more of the issue, and so_treu, sassycrass, Blackamazon christocarbone and thetrudz are covering this really well, including posting screen shots of discussions of tactics. 

Here’s a storify about it: and here’s a quick look at how an authoritative state like Azarbaijan can control and hijack hashtags - . The 4chan etc trolls are using the same tactics (signing up at the same time, RTing each other, using names and photos of real-looking people, etc).

They’re targeting specific people, overwhelmingly Black women who are active and outspoken (and often critical of) movement feminism.

(NB that the hashtag SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen mentioned in the buzzfeed article was created by karnythia as a way of commenting on the failings of institutionalized feminism and the white women who predominantly run it, ignoring the needs and concerns of WOC. Trolls picked up on it and posted a bunch of hateful and ridiculous shit.)


Marvelous storify by So_True here: . Lots of information including some history of white on Black violence and suppression on both a civilian and governmental level. Storify about /pol/ and EndFathersDay with screenshots from /pol/

EDITED TO ADD pt 2: buzzfeed account of some of what’s been happening, including mention of #whitecantberaped.

Note that trolls are grabbing photos/avatars of actual people, which is really gross, and some of them are also RTing tweets from actual people with words changed, or posting edited screenshots of tweets from real people to make them sound racist, abusive, etc. Another account of the trolls trying to drag down Black feminists/womanists, including the new hashtag they’re allegedly going to try and launch: #whiteenough, an attempt to claim that light skinned POC (let’s be real, WOC) benefit from white privilege. Like Black people & other POC haven’t been discussing colorism for generations.

sillylittlealex asked:


We really need to rid the world of the following ideas:

  • that sex with a woman is some kind of achievement to be unlocked
  • that women should be treated like notches on a bedpost rather than human beings who desire connection and deserve respect
  • that it’s better to use someone in a superficial, one-sided, exploitative way than to be honest and upfront about your intentions and find the best person to fill that role
  • that you can trick a person into liking you and that’s not a disgustingly manipulative thing to do
  • that all women fall for the same tricks and the same types of guys
  • that it’s okay to violate women’s boundaries, our personal space, our consent, etc. when the end goal is getting something YOU want
  • that PUA is anything other than misogynistic, violent, rape-culture and gender-role reinforcing garbage

the-girl-with-the-phoenix-tattoo asked:

What's negging?

Negging is when sad men give you a backhanded compliment in the weird belief this will make you more likely to sleep with them - along the lines of “it’s ok that you’re not that pretty because it makes you seem smart.” Sometimes negs are also outright insults - I once knew a guy whose friend swore that casually touching a girl’s hand and then saying “Oh! Wow, you have dry skin.” was really effective. The idea is that it throws a woman off guard, lowers her self confidence and makes her more vulnerable to your creepy and unwanted advances - it’s some kind of weird “alpha” power play. 

Unfortunately there are countless websites and forums dedicated to swapping tips and coming up with lines to be used by deluded people who don’t realise life isn’t a video game where you can use cheats to come out on top - they often call themselves “pick up artists”. Everyone else calls them “sad but hilarious”. 

The good news is, once you learn how to spot a neg, shooting them down is great fun. 

Check this New Statesman piece, Urban Dictionary, this xkcd cartoon, and our negging tag for more.

- A

Chances are, you’ve heard about this asshole: he’s a pickup artist who flies around the world telling men that the way to get laid is to treat women like trash. After a video surfaced of him talking about assaulting women on the streets of Tokyo, Jennifer Li started a petition campaign to get hotels in Australia, as well as in the U.S., to cancel events held by him and his group, Real Social Dynamics.

We’re glad that the Seattle Marriott and the Austin Hilton have canceled recent U.S. events, but we want to ask them to do us one better: ban Julien Blanc & Real Social Dynamics from Marriott & Hilton hotels and resorts worldwide.

Join us if you agree.

Pickup artist Julien Blanc has already been forced to leave Australia, and now people are campaigning for him to be blocked from entering the U.K. and elsewhere around the world.

Blanc describes himself as a dating coach, but his seminars and YouTube videos are often accused of promoting misogyny and sexual assault. In one viral video where he advises white men on how to pick up girls in Japan, he grabs a woman’s face and shoves it toward his crotch. His website, Pimp My Game, is equally explicit, with a front page that reads, “Make Girls BEG To Sleep With You After SHORT-CIRCUITING Their Emotional And Logical Mind.”

The campaign against Blanc is now a worldwide phenomenon. More than a thousand people have RSVP’d to a Berlin protest that describes him as a “rape coach,” while another petition with 280,000 signatures persuaded the Brazilian foreign ministry to bar Blanc from Brazil.


OkCupid, day 10.

Omfg you guys. PICKUP ARTISTS.

In case you’re like me, and you’ve been married for over a decade and this whole dating thing is already way over your head, let me explain the pickup artist. 

Pickup Artists, or PUAs, are guys that set out to seduce women, using principles of seduction they have learned from mentors in the PUA community. Because yes, THERE IS A PUA COMMUNITY. 

And get excited, because I’ve spent the last few days down that rabbit hole.

These guys spend time AND money learning how to improve their “game.” And they use the term “game” in all seriousness. There are workshops and conferences, YouTube training videos, forums and boot camps. It’s like the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University but if Dave Ramsey were making a fortune teaching guys how to accumulate “pussy” instead of wealth. IT IS INSANE.

I first became aware of the PUA tactics when I posted this picture on tumblr:

I got several replies from other women on Twitter who had received THE EXACT SAME OPENING LINE. It’s insane enough that one person would use this opener. But three or four? 

jaesalinas quickly googled the first line, and was directed to the web site for Real Social Dynamics And that’s when shit got real. This is just one of many PUA training sites. As of this post, RSD claims to have 142,046 active members. And their training materials include what they like to call the Apocalypse Opener:

I was 100% right when I said these guys were plagiarizing pickup lines. Even better, they’re plagiarizing terrible pickup lines. They’re like the kid in class who is so lost that he can’t even tell he’s cheating off of someone as dumb as he is. My favorite is the advice for if the lady asks how many people you’ve tried this on:

I don’t know about you, but I will never read the phrase haha or lol the same way again. It’s starting to sound like some serial killer shit tbqh.

One PUA posted a testimonial on how well the RSD immersion program worked for him. (That’s right, he went to Vegas to learn this.) 

WHERE TO BEGIN. Okay, first of all, this guy spent money to go learn how to get laid from a guy named Todd in Vegas. MY MIND IS REELING. I looked up the price for just the basic boot camp. Are you ready?


Secondly, I had to google the word sarge and omfg I can’t even.

Thirdly, this dude put on a mic and had someone film him while he practiced the art of pickup, and then had Todd review it with him. To be fair, for the money, I would certainly hope Todd is providing one-on-one instruction. But how does this work? I mean, what if your stupid pickup line actually gets a girl to sleep with you? Do you run to bathroom and ditch the wire? Unless you’re an undercover cop, THIS IS INSANE BEHAVIOR.

And finally, HIS GAME HAS IMPROVED BY 150% HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE I CALL BS ON THIS. Wait. Actually, everyone’s game improves by 150% in Vegas. It’s called alcohol. So that might be accurate.

It’s no wonder the world of online dating is such a clusterfuck. DATING IN GENERAL IS A CLUSTERFUCK. There are people out there who not only think fucking a lot of women is going to help them gain self-esteem, but also that Todd is the one who can help them with it. PUAs are at best gullible halfwits with money to blow, and at worst straight-up sociopaths. What they do isn’t art. And despite what Todd wants you to think, it isn’t a science. It’s a con. It’s gross. It’s creepy. It teaches men with low self-esteem to prey on women with low self-esteem. It’s a black hole of morality. 

Hey dudes: women aren’t interested in your game. Be a human being.