This is it, ladies and gentlemen: misogyny has come to Twitter. Other social media sites like Facebook are no stranger to groups that encourage men to kill sex workers or list reasons for punching women in the face. Now Twitter has joined their ranks, with a fast-trending topic called “ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend.”
The topic is receiving a great deal of well-deserved horror. But it’s also being greeted enthusiastically by many users, who are using the hashtag to make jokes about Chris Brown, and to suggest that one reason to beat your girlfriend could be “because she cut your sandwich vertically and not diagonally.”
One user suggested that the tag be changed to “ReasonsToCommitAssault,” while others demanded to know why the topic hasn’t yet been removed. But the tide of misogynistic tweets doesn’t seem to be ending anything soon. However, among the top posts, there seems only to be outrage, which is to the credit of the people who are demanding to know why domestic violence is being treated like a joke.
Social media outlets have an obligation to monitor for potentially offensive topics, and remove them when they appear. Let’s see how long it takes Twitter to learn that calls to support domestic violence are not funny, nor should they be a “trending topic” on a popular social media site.
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