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Dear #WomenBoycottTwitter: You Can Keep Your Non-Inclusive Hashtag Activism

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Editor's Note: Levo stands with all women who've faced sexual harassment and assault—those speaking out and those silenced by oppression. Today, we stand with a member of the Levo community who shares her response to #WomenBoycottTwitter. She is posting anonymously because of threats she has faced in the past as a woman of color on social media.

You can keep this hashtag activism moment. It’s not inclusive and it’s obvious.

I took a sabbatical off Twitter as of Wednesday in order to truly make space for levity. Being on social media since the early 2000’s allowed for so much fun and connectivity between friends and fellow users. However, women of color, celebrities included, endure toxic and direct threats of abuse and harm on Twitter.

Instances have been made public before, during and after—yet I’m supposed to rally behind 53% feminism? Not today and not tomorrow. This is an authentic activism play by publications that barely hire and support voices that are non-white. Women of color are not here for it.

Thanks to constant voices such as @ReignofApril, who created another supportive gem #WOCAffirmations last night, we're using Twitter to talk about this.


We fail to unite across the board on women’s issues unless it deals with white female attacks and instances of fragility. It’s clear post- Women’s March that race and class are division lines across all facets of women’s lives.

Regardless of my support for Rose McGowan and all women who suffered non-consensual and forced sexual aggressions by Harvey Weinstein, I cannot ignore the vast differences of support from women’s mainstream publications when it comes to women of color—especially Black women and the years of documented attacks from the right, white racists, predatory men, etc.

Twitter cannot sustain this amount of dissension and discord on its platform and call itself a safe place. User growth is flat. Censorship seems to only do wrong against everyone minus #45, trolls and fake accounts drive false news organizations, and harmful attacks are ruining the experience.

As a woman that’s endured sexual abuse, this week is triggering AF. Knowing that my timeline is filled with confessions of sexual abuse and arguments in support of a “duh Y'all knew this already” rape culture does not provide escapism and fun to my day.

With that said, Black women, other women of color, and LGBTIA voices deal with actual, factual negativity across these spaces increasingly concerning amounts.

Twitter reporting and documentation fails this community at a very concerning rate. While Rose’s temporary ban was bullshit, I do not recall any women’s publication coming to the defense of a woman of color although they utilize our slang, lingo, and visuals with no credit to the power of Black influence.

You can keep this hashtag activism moment. It’s not inclusive and it’s obvious.

(Image with gratitude from @ReignofApril)

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Social Media #Sexism #Racism #Activism #Issues
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THANK YOU to the author. And thank you Levo for sharing the other side - which no matter how many times WOC speak to these facts, our sisters in gender continue to remain silent.

Angel Ciangi
Angel Ciangi

Yes, thank you to the author and @Levo ⁠! The author articulated exactly how I have been feeling. These days empathy seems to be in very short supply and very “selectively” doled out. Sadly, until this is addressed I’m afraid unity is a long way off.

S G
S G

I find it absolutely ignorant to the highest degree whenever articles, such as these pop up demanding the mainstream to take into account Blacks/African American's struggle via BLM so with this in mind, no other lives matter not whites, hispanics...etc because black trumps everything. It is beyond racist. And perhaps, the black 'fight' would be taken a bit more serious, if indeed blacks took ownership for their faults, in our society overall. The prejudice and the racist world against Black, African Americans...but how about pointing out thr overwhelming prejudice suffered from your own people against Hispanics. Sure, African American sure does love throwing in our faces how Hispanics deny their African heritage, which in turn makes you all feel justified in bullying us and harrassing us and discriminate against us to the point of literally, physical abuse...just for the simple fact, cause we're Hispanic, w/'nicer' hair, a shade just a bit lighter but b/c we're so called in denial, we're so discriminated against...because your eyes, we're supposed to be at the bottom of the barrel and god forbid, we should think any higher pf ourselves to move forward as an individual. The abuse received, is astronomical. And instead of intervering amongst yourselves, to point out wrongs...no, you/Black community cheer eachother on, which is the only time, unity is seen, cheer like victory whenever one of your own, bulldozes a Hispanic down, with hate. This is the norm. You want your phlight to be taken seriously, then take yourselves seriously by cleaning 'house' first.

Maria Zampella
Maria Zampella

I am not on twitter, and now, never will be. Besides, I am not talkative! The nastiness, the divisiveness may be worse than presidential and congressional politics. Keep twittering, I will not be reading any of it. Thank you for posting these comments on Levo!

Melissa DeSimone
Melissa DeSimone

I can’t support this editorial because you did not include the millions of girls and women worldwide who are denied an education and denied the right to make their own life decisions because men own their agency. Even this editorial is blatantly exclusive and ignoring of male oppression that should be addressed.

@Suzzy Gonzalez⁠ WOC means woman of color, and that includes Hispanics! This article calls for you to be included too! So I don't understand your rant...sounds like you just saw the fact that this was written by a black Woman as a chance to spew your anger towards black Women. You're so blinded by that anger you fail to see this author's call for all WOC to be included. But don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Behind anger is often hurt, and it is disappointing you have been hurt by black Women--or women of ANY color--as this is a time when we need to unite more than ever. So please look beyond the author's skin color and hear her message. Time for all WOC to be included in the fight for respect and equality.

S G
S G

@Marin Heiskell⁠ I may have went a bit off tangent. Although the author mentioned WOC, she mainly emphasized Black/African American women throughout her article. Which is cool to an extent, to each their own as she's exercising her right to express how she feels. My intention was not to bring out a race war and/or to go back and forth on debating this topic. What I pointed out is an ongoing issue, not a one-time incident. By which, is largely known throughout the masses among Hispanics. Moral of the story: I am not the only one, who knows and sees the above in our daily lives. By which point, has become intolerable. And instead of pointing my comment out, why not take an unbiased take on the light I've shed on whats going on among us. For we Latinas has been silent about this issue...we've grinned and beared it, for the sake of peace for far too long. And while I do agree, WOC should be about unity, unity however has not been the forefront, which the mainpoint in my "rant".

@Suzzy Gonzalez⁠ the interesting thing I see is that you and the author are fighting for the same thing: unity by women and for women that includes all by extending across color lines. She can only mention her experience as a black woman, just as you can only speak as a Latina. That doesn't mean neither of you cares about the other. You can only speak what you know. That's the importance of inclusion--making sure multiple voices are heard in the plight for equality of all women. Let's not lose sight of that by starting to point fingers at each other, as that will work against the point and keep it from ever being at the forefront.

S G
S G

@Marin Heiskell⁠ Ideally in a perfect world, this type of topic would never make its way unto the mainstream. As unity would have us all, in unisom. In reality, we are not. I thank you for your response and such. And until a real change is implemented among our own, I for one refuse to stand behind this article or anything BLM related. All Lives Matter. Not just 'colored', but all lives. The Twitter boycott was and should stand for all women against the injustice suffered in such a male domineering world. That plight should not be cut up between races, so one stands out more against the other. Because after all, in this male/dog-eat-dog world, theres no color; only sexes.

Good night.


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