The hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist starting trending on twitter, and feminists took a stand for themselves.
The hashtag that sparked the fire Sunday was started by conservative radio host Doc Thompson for his show, The Morning Blaze, according to Mashable.
Any tips on #HowToSpotAFeminist???
— Doc Thompson’s Daily Mojo (@DocThompsonShow) May 3, 2015
Tweets like these only made the people who consider themselves – or stand up for – feminists come out of the woodwork with their armor up.
#HOWTOSPOTAFEMINIST FEMINISTS ARE TRANSPARENT AND CAN ONLY BE IDENTIFIED VIA ECHOLOCATION. THEY ONLY REVEAL THEMSELVES TO THEIR BLOODPREY.
— FRIENDLY AGENT #232 (@ERROR_REDACTED) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist u cannot spot one. not even champion birdwatcher jon franzen has seen one. they will spot u first & by then its too late
— TORMABLAS PICKASDFJKLFDSNMKOFDSJ (@Tormny_Pickeals) May 5, 2015
Before long, the hashtag was quickly taken over by the feminists themselves in an attempt to put the generalizations and stereotypes to rest.
Some hash tags are just dumb. #HowToSpotAFeminist is probably one of the biggest examples of people thinking that feminism = man hate.
— Genna Bain ♡ (@GennaBain) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist A feminist doesn't need spotting. She can lift weights on her own thank you very much. Or he.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) May 5, 2015
How to spot a misogynist: they non-ironically use #HowToSpotAFeminist
— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) May 5, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) May 5, 2015
Needless to say, a happy ending to the hasthtag is nowhere in sight.