Today’s Women’s Boycott of Twitter Has Sparked Important Backlash in #WOCAffirmation
Women across the world are boycotting Twitter today, following Rose McGowan’s lead “in protest of women’s voices being silenced.” Many celebrities, both male and female, are taking part, including Chrissy Teigen, Debra Messing, Sarah Hyland, Anna Paquin, Terry Crews, Nick Offerman, and Mark Ruffalo.
But many others, including Ava DuVernay and Kimberly Bryant, have been critical of #WomenBoycottTwitter, arguing that some women’s voices — particularly, those of women of color — don’t get heard enough as is, and that now is not the time to be quiet but to amplify the triumphs and struggles faced by WOC across industries. “Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of
#WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven’t received support on similar issues,” DuVernay tweeted.
Following the lead of Twitter activist April Reign (who also spearheaded last year’s #OscarsSoWhite movement), many WOC and allies are rallying around the hashtag #WOCAffirmation to champion the non-white women who often don’t receive the same signal boosting as their white counterparts. The result is an ongoing, and important, conversation.
I'm a WOC journalist writing "Uppity" a book about WOC in the US, and hoping to shine light on the obstacles we face. #WOCAffirmation
— Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) October 13, 2017
— MaryAnn A. (@callmeminxiemay) October 13, 2017
— Nyasha Junior (@NyashaJunior) October 13, 2017
— Monique Judge (@thejournalista) October 13, 2017
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) October 13, 2017
— Nessa (@LuvLeighNess) October 13, 2017
I took 20 minutes off for the women boycott twitter thing but I do think #WocAffirmation is more important so I’m back.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 13, 2017
I've always chafed at silence campaigns. I'd much rather amplify voices. Here for the great #WOCAffirmation tag & others.
— Sarah Pinsker (@SarahPinsker) October 13, 2017
Meanwhile, some are also participating in #BoostWOC, which is trending in the same spirit.
— Skelly Belle 💀🎃🌹 (@literElly) October 13, 2017
— Umairah (@umairahh_m) October 13, 2017
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