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Men Can’t Be Scum On Facebook, But Women Sure Can

Since the launch of the #MeToo movement, women have taken to social media to share their personal stories os sexual assault and harassment and express their exasperation with men. These online revelations of abuse, rape, and harassment have rightfully derailed the careers of various powerful names across different industries and shined a light on the fact that in today’s male-driven world, women are unsafe. Still, in spite of the therapeutic and healing nature of these revelations that are doubling as a plea to have our voices heard, Facebook has been suspending women for posts of ironic misandry — or, what the social network calls “hate speech” – against men.

Facebook has been banning women for innocuous comments similar to the phrase “men are scum.”

An in-depth article by the Daily Beast highlighted Facebook’s habit of banning the accounts of women who post variations of messages like “men are trash,” “men are the worst,” and “men are scum.” All of which can be easily recognized as ironic misandry. Mostly these posts are created as a means of angered self-expression calling out the injustice of living in a world where we regularly face abusive behavior from men.

Ban by ban, Facebook is debunking the notion that its platform is the ultimate great equalizer of the internet.

In business years, Facebook, which was created in 2004, is still a baby. Still, many have seen how the company has had a monster impact on amplifying the voices of disenfranchised groups and somewhat leveled the playing field on which voices are heard via its platform. But, many of the women whose posts and accounts have gotten the boot from the site are bringing our attention to Facebook’s questionable ethics.

Facebook’s moderation policies censor slurs as well as attacks against “protected categories,” such as race, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, national origins, religion, as well as diseases and disabilities that are more serious. Factors such as a person’s occupation, social class, age, political affiliation, and appearance are unprotected categories because, according to Facebook, they’re not as closely related to identity. All of this means that that slurs against white men (which checks off the protected categories of race and sex) are seen as hate speech. Meanwhile the social media site continues to allow groups and posts that are unequivocally “pro-white” to run rampant across its platform.

And this censorship is happening quite often. 

In a piece written for another publication, one of FIERCE‘s own editors wrote an article in the wake of the onslaught of harassment allegations by women and encouraged men to do better. The piece, titled “Dear dudes, you’re all trash,” was removed by Facebook from the publication San Diego CityBeat’s page as well as from the author’s page and others that shared it.

Women on Twitter are less than impressed by the Facebook bans.

Many women are accusing the platform of acting quickly to censor their words without further evaluation, while also failing to examine groups, pages, and people whose words and actions have clearly amounted to harassment and abuse.

Some have suggested even protesting the platform for its silencing of women.

Others have pointed out the irony of Facebook’s decision to silence women who’ve been experiencing harassment and abuse in the past.

Many have said that deleting these women’s posts and simultaneously suspending their accounts is comparable to the many industries that have silenced women from speaking up about their own experiences.

According to the Daily Beast, a Facebook spokesperson said that they would “look at ways to apply our policies in a more granular way, for instance to take into account the history of oppression with different genders and ethnicities, etc. when reviewing posts. But we are a global platform.”


Read: The Women Of The #MeToo Movement, Including A Mexican Strawberry Picker, Are Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’

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Ocasio-Cortez Didn’t Drop The F Bomb On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ So People Should Just Chill

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Ocasio-Cortez Didn’t Drop The F Bomb On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ So People Should Just Chill

Lawmakers in Washington — and their old school way of doing things — had no idea what they were in store for them when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her historic election. Ocasio-Cortez has no issues speaking her mind, and these older, more established, lawmakers have never had a  young woman — of color — tell it like it is.

She also has no problem with schooling how the democratic party — and our country for that matter — should be handled. First, let’s get something out of the way. Last night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in which the host asked her how many “f*cks she gives regarding what some lawmakers have critically said about her.

The newly minted congressman responded with “zero.”

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The exchange went like this:

Colbert said: “I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question. On a scale from zero to some, how many f–ks do you give?”

Ocasio-Cortez said: “zero.”

That answer, however, certainly got the attention of media outlets who focused on the F word rather than who said it.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “I actually didn’t say this, so while I know ‘brown women cursing’ drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word ‘zero.'”

It wasn’t just one outlet who accused her of saying the F word, so she responded to them as well.

“In a shock to no one, @politico is also running with the misattribution as well,” she tweeted. “Here’s what actually happened: I was asked a question on a late night show and answered with the word ‘zero.'”

Furthermore, Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted this excellent lesson in reporting: “This reinforces lazy tropes about women leaders in media: Older + seasoned, but unlikeable; Passionate, but angry; Smart, but crazy; Well-intentioned, but naive; Attractive, but uninformed or gaffe-prone. It’s unoriginal, lazy, and men don’t get the same either/or coverage.” Amen!

Ocasio-Cortez went to discuss other relevant topics including how the government shutdown has affected her first few weeks on the job, all while eating ice cream. (It was Ben & Jerry’s Pecan Resist!).

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“So the downside is that we’re not able to get to work as much as we want to in the beginning, but the bright side is it gives us a lot more free time to make trouble,” she said on the show.

By trouble, she means demanding Republican Majority Mitch McConnell re-open the government, which he has the authority to do.

Ocasio-Cortez also talked about the social media tips she gave her fellow Democratic leaders.

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They’re all so fascinated that she has more than 2.5 million followers on Twitter and almost 2 million on Instagram.

Here’s the advice she gave them.

“Rule No. 1 is to be authentic.”

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Ocasio-Cortez said on the show: “be yourself and don’t try to be anyone that you’re not. So don’t try to talk like a young kid if you’re not a young kid.” She also told them: “If you’re an older woman, talk like an older woman talks.”

Rule No. 2 “Don’t post a meme if you don’t know what a meme is.”

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“That was literally my advice,” and added: “and I said don’t talk like the Founding Fathers on Twitter.”

Rule No. 3 “Mute people but try not to block them.”

There’s a reason why she’s teaching the course, so pay attention! She also added that social media isn’t just for young people. She praised former Congressman John Dingell who is 93 for being savvy on Twitter.

One last thing, just in case you’re trying to come for her, she will fire back under these conditions: “If you have a blue check, if you’re in my mentions, if you’re being sassy in a way that I think is unjustified, and if I haven’t eaten in two to three hours.”

Check out her segments below on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Had A Long Weekend Thanks To The Government Shutdown And Did Some Self-Care With This Drugstore Hack

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Tomi Lahren And Stephanie Hamill Have Publicly Shaded Or Shamed Cardi B For Her Vocal Politics, And Both Were Left Annihilated

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Tomi Lahren And Stephanie Hamill Have Publicly Shaded Or Shamed Cardi B For Her Vocal Politics, And Both Were Left Annihilated

Don’t come for Bronx women. Cardi B has warned the world before, yet conservative white women are still trying to square off with the rapper and expecting to come out on top. In the last week, both Tomi Lahren and Stephanie Hamill have publicly shaded or shamed Cardi for her vocal politics, and both were left annihilated after the ‘hood Einstein hit them with verbal jabs.

It started on Wednesday, when Lahren, a Fox Nation host and supporter of Donald Trump, tweeted that the “Money” rapper was the “latest genius political mind to endorse Democrats,” trying to disparage the artist’s political intelligence. She was responding to a video Cardi had posted on Instagram where she criticized the president for initiating the longest government shutdown in US history and expecting government employees to work without pay.

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, never one to stay silent for too long after a slight, fired back, warning, “Leave me alone I will dog walk you.”

Lahren, with her entitlement and affinity for controversy always present, responded, “I’m sure you would. Still doesn’t make your political rambling any less moronic. #BuildthatWall”

Then, just as Cardi had alerted her, she linguistically dragged tf out of Lahren.

“You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much .You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP,” she shot off to Lahren, who has yet to respond.

Instead, on Monday, another white conservative commentator thirsty to feed off of Cardi’s stardom came for the Dominican-Trinidadian act, this time both minimizing her intelligence and slut-shaming her.

Also on Twitter, Fox News host Stephanie Hamill tweeted a video of Cardi’s latest song “Twerk” and asked, “In the Era of #meToo how exactly does this empower women? Leftists, @iamcardib , feel free to chime in. THX ..”

Belcalis didn’t hesitate to reply, giving the lost Hamill a quick lesson on feminism in the process.

“It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. do [whatever] I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested ? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks,” she wrote.

Hamill, who thought it acceptable to criticize a woman and then ask her to help her ratings by appearing on her show, responded with alleged concern that sexually empowered women are harmful because, to her, sexual women can’t be intelligent or demand respect.

“I agree, No means NO, NO MATTER what! But this video, & others like this sexually objectify women. I think this hurts all women & the cause. We’re not sex OBJECTS! Clearly we see things differently, (maybe I’m just a hater bc I can’t Twerk ????) Come on my show, debate me!”

No word yet on whether Cardi will take Hamill up on her offer (fingers crossed she says hell nah and continues using her own social media, where she already has millions of followers, for her astute political takes), but let her clapbacks send a signal to all conservative white commentators to leave her tf alone.

Read: Senators Were Hilariously Torn About Sharing Cardi B’s Expletive-Laden Video Denouncing The Government Shutdown

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