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#TheThingAboutMen is a hashtag originally intended to praise men. However, after going viral, the hashtag became a source of controversy as people discussed issues within masculinity, male health and sexism.

Origins

On February 24th, 2020, Twitter [1] account @ThingsInSixty tweeted "Where would we be without men? Join my manly guests @RoeGhost @MadAnter @ZarrarSalahPTI @MrRaceBannon @clark_gasm @417Smokey & myself @Acidic_Blonde as we play #TheThingAboutMen An Independent Hashtag Game" (shown below).


Things In Sixty Tags @ThingsInSixty 路 Feb 24 Where would we be without men?   Join my manly guests  @RoeGhost   @MadAnter   @ZarrarSalahPTI   @MrRaceBannon   @clark_gasm   @417Smokey  & myself  @Acidic_Blonde  as we play  #TheThingAboutMen   An Independen

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Following the post, some people began to discuss the topic as intended. For example, Twitter[2] user @fivefortweeting wrote, "Is That Most Of Them Treat there Daughters With Respect And Make Amazing Dads" (shown below, left).

Others wrote about issues within masculinity. Twitter[6] user @alioop326 tweeted, "#TheThingAboutMen is, they have feelings and emotions. They can experience domestic violence and mental illness. They deserve love and support just as much as women do. Human beings are all human, regardless of sex or gender. #BetterPeople." The tweet received more than 300 likes in less than two days (shown below, right).


Justinnn馃拫馃嚚馃嚘 @fivefortweeting 路 Feb 24 Is That Most Of Them Treat there Daughters With Respect And Make Amazing Dads鈾ワ笍 #TheThingAboutMen homer and lisa simpson Alicia Anne Creger is Rewriting...Again... @alioop326 #TheThingAboutMen is, they have feelings and emotions. They can experience domestic violence and mental illness. They deserve love and support just as much as women do. Human beings are all human, regardless of sex or gender. #BetterPeople 10:18 AM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter Web App

However, as the game continued, some began to see the hashtag as a troll to bait arguments (example below, left). Even more accused the game of indulging supposed double standards against men. Twitter[3] user @MartinJKeatings wrote, "#TheThingAboutMen is that if we started a hashtag called #TheThingAboutWomen, it wouldn't be so much of a laughing matter now would it? I'm just saying" (shown below, right).


馃挏 饾摎饾摬饾摻饾摻饾攤 馃挏馃枻 @Kittycisms 路 Feb 24 #TheThingAboutMen Oooh. Boy. It's a trap Martin James Keatings #HostagelnAVoluntaryUnion @MartinJKeatings #TheThingAboutMen is that if we started a hashtag called #TheThingAboutWomen, it wouldn't be so much of a laughing matter now would it? l'm just saying! 12:28 PM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter Web App


Others used the hashtag to make sexist jokes. For example, Twitter[4] user @The_Iron_6iant wrote, "#TheThingAboutMen is they are better than women, and the proof is in this hashtag, because if it was aimed at women, they'd cry and demand people get fired for using it. Men are awesome" (shown below).

On February 25th, The Daily Dot [5] reported on the hashtag.


Martin James Keatings #HostagelnAVoluntaryUnion @MartinJKeatings #TheThingAboutMen is that if we started a hashtag called #TheThingAboutWomen, it wouldn't be so much of a laughing matter now would it? l'm just saying! 12:28 PM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter Web App

Various Examples


Robyn 馃馃枻 @rawbeancoal 路 Feb 24 Men experience the same emotions as women; however, society has the expectation that they be tough and 鈥渕an up鈥.  Enough, already.    #TheThingAboutMen ManeatGrass @ManeatGrass 路 Feb 24 #TheThingAboutMen is we don鈥檛 all prefer a g string ... some of us like d and e gif of a rodent playing guitar Robyn 馃馃枻 @rawbeancoal 路 Feb 24 Intelligence and wit are sexier than a six-pack.    #TheThingAboutMen woman holding a sign that reads HOT
Clark 100 Suburban Gangsta @clark_gasm Ladies, #TheThingAboutMen is the good ones know chivalry isn't dead. *bitches love chivalry THE ONLY B'WORD YOU SHOULD CALL A WOMAN IS BEAUTIFUL BITCHES LOVE BEING CALLED BEAUTIFUL momegenerator.net 8:59 AM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Phil @StillPhil16723 #TheThingAboutMen is that we know better than to create the opposite hashtag. You people are crazy, and know how to hide a body. 9:34 AM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter for Android YEJ携袗袧2 @MermaidOnTV #TheThingAboutMen is stereotypes would have you believe they are insensitive, but take a look through this hashtag and you'll see that just isn't true at all. 9:10 AM 路 Feb 24, 2020 路 Twitter for Android


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