The hashtag #IamNotAWoman is gaining traction among feminists on social media and is drawing ire from those who say it trivializes the struggles of women.
A petition for a change to the hashtag on Change.org has garnered more than 60,000 signatures, with more than a dozen petitions urging the hashtag to be scrapped.
“I am not one of the 5 percent of women who have ever experienced sexual harassment, and I do not belong in a hashtag that tells you that you can’t be who you are,” one of those petitions states.
“You are not a human.
You are a robot.”
The hashtag has also attracted criticism from men, who argue that it trivialize the experiences of men and other marginalized groups.
The hashtag is a way for people to talk about gender in a way that is not only inclusive but also empowers them to feel empowered.
“There’s a lot of backlash against #IAmNotAMan because it’s a man thing, but it’s actually really liberating to be a man, and a feminist,” said Erica Mathers, a social media strategist for the feminist organization Women’s Voices Against Violence.
“When you are a man in a space, it’s really scary and intimidating and you don’t really get to talk to people about your experiences and it feels like you’re not really a person, and that you’re just a machine.”
Women’s rights activists have also criticized the hashtag, saying it marginalizes women and does not adequately address the ways that the violence against women disproportionately affects women of color.
Many of the women featured on the video were young, often of color, and were often in relationships with men.
“A lot of these men are being accused of being rapists because they’re dating women,” said Rachel Boylan, the director of the Center for Women and Gender at the University of Pennsylvania.
I know how it feels to have someone touch you without consent, or how it’s scary when you’re walking down the street and someone hits you. “
It’s like, I know what it’s like to be raped, I’ve been raped.
I know how it feels to have someone touch you without consent, or how it’s scary when you’re walking down the street and someone hits you.
So it’s not about, ‘Oh, it was a woman.’
Many women’s rights groups have been working to change the narrative surrounding sexual violence, including through creating a hashtag, #NotAllWomen, which has attracted more than 8 million followers and is growing daily. “
The hashtag was created in response to the #MeToo movement that began in the United States last year and began a conversation about sexual harassment and assault against women in media and public spaces.
“That’s something that many of us need to be doing to make this work for us.” “
We’re just trying to figure out a way to really make this hashtag not just about #MeButNotAllMen but about what it means to be in a place where men are treated as equals and that means being able to be yourself and feeling empowered,” Matherson said.
“That’s something that many of us need to be doing to make this work for us.”
Mather and other activists also have criticized #IAMSATEM, a popular online community that encourages women to “break the glass ceiling,” which is a phrase that was used to describe the #I Am Not a Man hashtag.
“Women can do anything,” Maser said.
Women are not automatically victims, and they have been marginalized in our society for far too long.
This is a time to really, really look at ourselves and acknowledge the barriers that we are facing and really do things to change that.
“”If we’re really going to be able to change a lot more things about the way we see ourselves, we need to do it from a place of inclusion,” Misher said.
In some cases, women who are involved in the # I AM NOT A MAN movement feel they are the victims of an unfair system that excludes them from the conversation.
“If you are not going to talk, it doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, what you do, what your age is, you are going to feel like you are missing out. “
What I’m really struggling with is not being able, in this space, to talk with a man,” she said in the video.
“If you are not going to talk, it doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, what you do, what your age is, you are going to feel like you are missing out.
And that we can be a part of the conversation.””
In the last year, we’ve been able to see the power of #I AM NOT a MAN, to show people that it’s possible for a woman to not be treated like a robot or that it is not an insult to a woman’s intelligence, to be treated in a more equal way.
And that we can be a part of the conversation.”