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#FeministsAreUgly is a satirical hashtag campaign started to poke fun at the backlash against recent hashtag campaigns such as #YesAllWoman and #WhyINeedFeminism which often attacked the physical appearance or feminity of the feminist Twitter users.


On July 22nd, 2014, Twitter user LilyBolourian[1] tweeted a selfie of herself with the hashtag #FeministsAreUgly. She then tweeted out encouragement for other Twitter users to tweet their selfies with the hashtag.

Lily Bolourian @LilyBolourian Follow #FeministsAreUgly #whyWouldl BeJealousOfYou Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETFAVORITES

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Media Coverage

On August 8th, 2014, Buzzfeed,[3] published a post titled "Feminists Are Tweeting Stunning Selfies In Response To The #FeministsAreUgly Hashtag" which featured a collection of selfies tweeted out with the hashtag. Within a month the hashtag[4] was tweeted out over 91,000 times.

Also on August 8th, Flavorwire[2] published an article titled "#FeministsAreUgly Doesn’t Deserve Your Gorgeous Selfies" which argues that the hashtag features mostly women trying unironically to prove feminists can be pretty and thus excludes unattractive feminists, explaining:

"That “all shapes and sizes” constituency includes “pretty” feminists, yes. It also includes feminists who aren’t conventionally attractive, because part of feminism’s goal is to reject the equation of a woman’s appearance with her self-worth. And therein lies the problem with attempting to reappropriate a certain hashtag instead of letting it die."

They later included an update which LilyBolourian clarified had started the hashtag:

"“to create our own narrative and question what ‘ugly’ means.”

On the same day, the hashtag was also featured on several other websites including The Telegraph[5], Bustle[6] and The Huffington Post.[7]

Notable Examples

jessie lochrie @jessieflux Following oh, #FeministsAreUgly? yeah, I'm a goddamn bridge troll Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More * Follow @hellaparamore #FeministsAreUgly I LOVE THIS TAG BC ITS FILLED WITH EVERYONES LOVELY SELFIES HERE HAVE THE BEST ONE IVE TAKEN わReply t구 Retweet ★ Favorite More goldie @alienwife * Follow come on guys if #feministsareugly then why am I so hot and perfect Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More * meme @spxcegrl Follow #FeministsAreUgly is trending but yet, here i an Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More * Follow Taylor A. Jackson @AngryBirdRED93 #FeministsAreUgly bish whet? 2.0 pic.twitter.com/XtDvCNjKrN Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More Follow Dani @xodanix3 #FeministsAreUgly that's why we are so militant. わReply Retweet ★ Favorite More

Twitter Description FAIL

On April 26th, 2015, #FeministsAreUgly underwent a huge resurgence on Twitter, drawing more than 183,000 mentions over the course of the following 48 hours.[15] While the exact point of origin for the sudden spike still remains unknown, many Twitter users[11][12][13] familiar with the backstory behind #FeministsAreUgly began criticizing the microblogging service's official description for the hashtag (shown below), including @LilyBolourian[10] who had originally coined the hashtag.

く Search Twitter rA UNE WOMEN HeForShe UN IEN Top Trend 1 #FeministsAreUgly Ugly Feminists Freak Out Over #FeministsAreUgly Hashtag 143K Tweets about this trend

According to The Daily Dot's report[8], the description was lifted from the headline of an Inquisitr[14] article about the trending topic published during its initial takeoff in August 2014 (shown below). As the backlash against Twitter's algorithmic failure continued to spread, it also rekindled the debate at large about the standards of feminine beauty.

Posted in: BuzzWorthy Posted: August 7, 2014 Ugly Feminists Freak Out Over #FeministsAreUgly Hashtag maddi / 37 days!!! @misfitsfrnk 塩Follow #FeministsAreUgly oh right because this Reply Retweet * Favorite More

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