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Martin was floored. She’s long believed that it’s incumbent on feminists to be open to critique—but the response was so vitriolic, so full of bad faith and stubborn misinformation, that it felt like some sort of Maoist hazing. Kendall, for example, compared #Femfuture to Rebecca Latimer Felton, a viciously racist Southern suffragist who supported lynching because she said it protected white women from rape.

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars | The Nation

When you are attacked by an online mob, there is no subtlety.

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Has Twitter’s Hashtag Activism Jumped The Shark?

#CancelColbert wasn’t something I agreed with, not just because I’m a huge fan of the show. When an entertainer performs a comedy bit that crosses the line and offends you, there should be a middle ground between doing nothing and canceling their show. Campaigning to cancel Colbert for one perceived slip-up, after he’s been on the air for years without being racist, trivializes the point you are trying to make, and ultimately harms your cause by making casual bystanders of the issue not take you seriously.