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Twitter Users Suggest “Reasons to Beat Your Girlfriend”

Twitter Users Suggest “Reasons to Beat Your Girlfriend”


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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12:50PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Reason to beat your girlfriend? NONE!

3:23PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

This is terrible and revolting. It needs to end now.

11:08AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

One word for this behavior.


5:37AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

To tweet or not to tweet? There is nothing humorous about abuse.

7:04AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Why do they allow this to stay on?

6:45PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

this is ridiculous. obviously it is a statement from men who are clearly NOT abusive, and have no respect for chris brown or anyone else that would do such a thing, that it is absurd to beat your girlfriend. NO MORE CENSORSHIP.

5:58PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

I don't use chats on these sites. I feel embarassed by that sort of topics, allowing such topics under the reason for freedom of speach is wrong. I believe that sort of freedom brings decadence in a society.

2:04PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Not all social network users are mysogynists. As usual it's the minority who ruin it for the majority.
Rape and domestic violence are never funny.,

1:49PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

First, glad I'm not on Twitter.

Second, as for the a$$hole that proposed that idea, I suggest another topic.

Reasons that killing rapist and women beaters should be an olmypic sport.
If you kill one of these scumbags, you haven't committed a crime, you just improved society!

1:44AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Glad I'm not on Twitter!
What about the 41 members that voted No/Leaning No? Free speach-advocates or women haters?

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