January 08, 2016

Feminist Friday: Do's and Don'ts When Interacting With Stories About Women Online, Part 2

When I posted Part 1 a few weeks ago, I figured we'd be making this a recurring thing. I was right.

If you haven't seen Part 1, check it out here.

It's pretty clear that we need a primer in how to behave online. I'm here to help, folks. I'm just here to help.

Here we go.

1. If the media releases false information about a crime, please don't harass the accused woman's appearance just because.

This story ran on a news station in Georgia a few weeks ago. It was quickly revealed that the media was wrong, and these two people are not suspects at all.

Here's some of the Facebook reactions:

Yup. Just...just don't, folks.

Try this instead: "Man, it sucks that this information was spread before it was verified."

2. Don't deride them for how they choose to feed their children.

Epic Parenting shared the meme above. Here's a handful of the responses:

It's up to individual parents how they feed their children. As long as kids are eating, hold the judgment and try a side of compassion instead.

Try this instead: "Haha! That's kind of funny."

3. Don't assume that in order to perform at a high level, a female athlete must be a man.

This is from a news station out of Columbia, South Carolina.

And the response:


Try this instead: "Wow. What talent and skill!"

4. Maybe accept that sex isn't just about looks.

And the responses to this story looked like this:

So funny!

Try this instead: "I wonder why none of the customers were arrested. Isn't prostitution illegal on both sides?"

5. Rape isn't funny, and victim-blaming isn't cool.

In case you've been under a rock, Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault.

Let's just start by saying rape isn't funny, folks.

And victim-blaming (or straight up insulting them?)...no.

Try this instead: "I'm watching for the end of the trial. This is an interesting development, and I hope justice is served, whatever that might be."

6. Don't reduce female athletes to sex. Please.

Ronda Rousey followed through on her promise to go with a South Carolina marine to a ball.

And yet:

Try this instead: "How nice of Rousey to follow through even though she was probably not feeling too well after, you know, having her jaw broken!"

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