The Internet is all-knowing. While this may be an unfortunate reality for folks like Justine Sacco, a.k.a the inspiration behind the #HasJustineLandedYet hashtag, fortunately for us, Internet tools like Topsy allow us to track the moment when your favorite feminist hashtag was born. Check back later this week for more Top Feminist Hashtags of 2013. We’ve got infographics!
Here’s a rundown of our top five most prolific and most talked about feminist hashtags to date.
1. #Fem2 – One of the original hashtags to appear on Twitter that archives topics related to feminism. Niambi Jarvis (@hiyaahpower) is perhaps the most commonly cited purveyor of the hashtag, but did you know the hashtag finds its roots dating back 5 years ago when Liza Sabater, better known to the Twitterverse at @blogdiva, tweeted a response to @vpynchon (an account that no longer exists)? Sabater’s #fem2.0 was then clarified by web anthropologist Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) who reminded us that “dots don’t work well as hashtags”. And there you have it. the celestial birth of #fem2, according to Topsy.
— Liza Sabater (@blogdiva) December 15, 2008
2. #Femfuture – The official hashtag of Femfuture.com, founded by feminist bloggers Courtney Martin (@courtwrites) and Vanessa Valenti (@VanessaValenti). Though this hashtag is often associated with the brand #femfuture, did you know that feminist activist Shelby Knox (@shelbyknox) actually tweeted out the hashtag 4 years ago while requesting ideas for a hashtag that would describe the work of young activist?
— Shelby Knox (@ShelbyKnox) December 18, 2009
3. #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen – One of the most talked about hashtags of 2013 created by writer Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia). With #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, it’s fair to say Kendall birthed a new genre of hashtags that function as a way to talk back to what some believe to be as status quo feminism online. The hashtag started 4 months ago when Hugo Schwyzer was the topic of conversation around various feminist circles both online and offline. I also had a chance to talk with Mikki Kendall on Huff Post Live this past summer about the controversy. Here’s the tweet that started it all.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) August 12, 2013
4. #NotYourAsianSidekick – To date, #NotYourAsianSidekick hashtag, created by writer and organizer, Suey Park (@suey_park) has garnered the most tweets globally than any recent feminist hashtags to emerge within the last four months. It’s been incredible to watch this hashtag spark generative conversations about racial and gendered stereotypes both inside and outside of the Twitterverse. It all started on December 14, 2013 (only 8 days ago!), when Park warned us about having an honest conversation about Asian American Feminism, and she most certainly delivered.
— Suey Park (@suey_park) December 15, 2013
5. #TwitterFeminism – Finally, the hashtag that inspired www.hashtagfeminism.com, #TwitterFeminism has been one of the most talked about feminist hashtag within the last week. Similarly with Niambi Jarvis (@hiyaahpower) and #fem2, writer and radio host Meghan Murphy (@MeghanMurphy) brought #TwitterFeminism back to life after publishing her much debated article, The Trouble With Twitter Feminism. But did you know that the first person to tweet the hashtag in 2010 was sociology student Indira Stammes (@IndiraStammes)? Yeah!
— Indira Stammes (@IndiraStammes) July 6, 2010
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