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While the origin of #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo is currently unknown, it first appeared as a worldwide trending topic on June 3rd at 7:20 p.m. (EST). According to Topsy Analytics, the hashtag was used 155,300 times that day. Some of the earliest examples of the tweets were posted at 9:30 p.m. (EST) by @ShuggNotSuge, who used the hashtag 22 times that night.
By June 3rd, at 10:40 p.m. (EST), #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo became the #1 worldwide trending topic and remained visible on the list through the following day. Also on June 4th, compilations of the tweets were featured on The Frisky and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World, both criticizing the misogynist nature of a number of the tweets. However, as the Frisky pointed out, a number of people were attempting to co-opt the tag to point out inequalities between men and women (shown below). Meanwhile, Tumblr user bedussey compiled eleven tweets from the hashtag into a photoset, which gained more than 153,000 notes within 48 hours and was featured on the site’s curated LOL tag. According to Topsy analytics, the hashtag was used 392,489 times on June 4th.
Over the next two days, collections of #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo tweets were featured on dating site How About We, collegiate message board Tiger Droppings and men’s humor site The Chive. On June 6th, a link to the Frisky article was submitted to the /r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit, gaining 8 points and 6 comments in five hours.
On June 4th, the complementary hashtag #MyBoyfriendNotAllowedTo began to circulate on Twitter, spawning similar jokes about things that people didn’t want their boyfriends to do. Although it didn’t garner as much attention as the original hashtag, #MyBoyfriendNotAllowedTo briefly became a worldwide trending topic with 228,687 mentions, according to Topsy analytics. Tumblr user awkwardnigerian compiled a number of these Tweets into a photoset, which gained more than 48,000 notes in 48 hours.
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How About We – The Least Offensive #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo Tweets
Tiger Droppings – #mygirlfriendnotallowedto is currently trending on twitter
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