With #WOCAffirmation, Women of Color On Twitter Are Empowering Themselves

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As the accusations of sexual harassment, assault and rape have piled up against Hollywood power exec Harvey Weinstein, women in the film industry, including actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd, have come forward with their own horrific stories. Also among that list is Rose McGowan, known for her roles in movies like “Jawbreaker” and the TV show “Charmed.”

McGowan has accused Weinstein of raping her and says he later paid her $100,000 to stay silent. She’s since broken her silence, taking to Twitter to discuss her experience, demand justice and call out all the others who have covered for Weinstein. Among them is Oscar-winning actor and director Ben Affleck.

Soon after, Twitter mysteriously suspended her account, leading many on the social media platform to call foul. Especially since Twitter is known to not suspend the accounts of individuals that make racist, violent and threatening posts.

TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport

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Twitter published a statement explaining why McGowan’s account was suspended, saying:

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However, a large portion of women on Twitter didn’t buy it and responded to the account suspension by choosing to boycott the social media platform, using #WomenBoycottTwitter to stand in solidarity with McGowan and other women who are routinely harassed on the platform.

Here’s the thing though. Many argue that the hashtag and boycott is counterproductive, as women are often silenced when it comes to discussions of rape and sexual assault. So why silence ourselves?

Women of color have also come forward on Twitter to call out a glaring issue with the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement. Namely, that white women don’t respond with the same activism and fervor when black and brown women face the same attacks on Twitter.

@karnythia/@jamilahlemieux/Twitter

So Black women, women of color and their allies have responded with their very own hashtag: #WOCAffirmation. And it’s beautiful and inspiring.

The hashtag aims to give women of color the opportunity to amplify themselves and the other WOC that inspire them, and to call out the hypocrisy and internalized racism in their boycott.

Women have come out tweeting their affirmations, showing self-love and love to the women they admire, and celebrating their power.

That includes ALL women of color.

@peterdawes/@mxacdumlao/Twitter

And men have joined in too!

The trending hashtag has given many WOC the space to feel like they’re not alone.

And is a reminder of who we are and the magic we bring to the world!

You can see all the #WOCAffirmation here.


Tell us your #WOCAffirmation, and share this story with the women of color you admire!

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