Sonntag, Januar 04, 2015

#BanMen neuester Trend von Twitter bis zum Weißen Haus

Man-banning has, inevitably, even become the stuff of Internet think-pieces. The blogger and tech entrepreneur Anil Dash spent 2013 retweeting only women, and wrote about it in February. For him, he wrote in Medium, the tactic was about thoughtfulness and about a "growing sense of social responsibility about what messages I choose to share and amplify, and whose voices and identities I strive to bring to a broader audience." Inspired by Dash, BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulus decided to unfollow men on Twitter, in July publishing the explainer "Why I Created The #UnfollowAMan Movement," with a handy checklist. All of a sudden, it’s kosher to target stereotypically male behavior—regard the New York M.T.A.'s attack on "manspreading."

The principle of #BanMen gained steam, which rises. In President Obama’s press conference last week, held before his family vacation in Hawaii, Obama took eight questions from reporters: all from women. It was deliberate: White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that they realized the "unique opportunity" to highlight the fact that women "do the hard work" of covering the president "day-in and day-out." As Obama was leaving, a male reporter shouted out a question about the president’s New Year’s resolutions. He ignored it, and called instead on American Urban Radio’s April Ryan. What lessons the male press corp may draw from this sudden invisibility, who knows. But women have an idea.

Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel, dessen Autorin mit dem neuen Trend des Männer-Ausgrenzens zu sympathisieren scheint (weil 2014, falls Sie es nicht mitbekommen haben, ein Jahr extremer Frauendfeindlichkeit gewesen sei ...) Und hier findet die "Debatte" auf Twitter statt.

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