This morning while eating breakfast in a Best Western near Las Vegas, watching HLN News, the anchor introduced a story about a trend started by a woman at BuzzFeed called ‘#unfollowaman.’ Later, I would realize that the show had no male anchors, speakers, or guests.
The story went on about the woman at BuzzFeed decided to ‘cleanse’ her twitter feed by unfollowing not just one man, but all men. She acknowledged that you should take care to decide who is a man (transgender who identifies as a man) and who is not (gender-queer who identifies as a horse, that she calls a fuzzy) when unfollowing. She even suggested that you should make a list of those unfollowed so you can check up on them later.
Now, being firm in my belief that everyone should be treated as decent human beings, (as everyone should be) I am totally, TOTALLY, appalled by the sexist, pointless, offensive ideas of the BuzzFeed writer.
In fact, I’m interested in how deleting men from your feed cleanses your networking use. In my use of Twitter, I’ve never once seen a man I follow be offensive. I choose the people I follow on whether or not I like what they say, and I wouldn’t follow someone if they made me feel like I needed a ‘cleanse’.
what the hell am I cleansing myself from? If a man started a trend called “#unfollowawoman” the whole nation would be up in smoke!
Think. Maybe try #unfollowasexist or #unfollowanasshole. (Or #unfollowabuzzfeedwriter.)