THE YEAR IN FEMINIST HASHTAGS
#RapeCultureIsWhen This hashtag peaked the same day it was launched, on March 25, 2014, and is used to speak out about practices and attitudes that trivialize rape. #IfIWereABoy This peaked on April 7 and is often used in relation to Beyoncé’s song of the same name. #BringBackOurGirls First tweeted on April 23, this one peaked on May 10 as a way to raise awareness about the 273 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. It’s the most tweeted feminist hashtag of 2014. #YesAllWomen First tweeted on May 24, this hashtag is used to share stories about everyday misogyny. It topped one million tweets in its first 48 hours, generating the three busiest days for feminist tweets in 2014. #AllMenCan This peaked on May 29, the day after it launched. It’s a counterpart to #YesAllWomen and is used to comment on how men can better support women. #SurvivorPrivilege First tweeted on April 30, it peaked on June 9. It was created to respond to columnist George Will’s statement that being a rape survivor has become a “coveted status that confers privileges.” #YouOkSis First tweeted on June 7, this peaked three days later. It’s used to encourage people to stand up for those who are being harassed on the street. #MMIW First tweeted on July 26, 2012, it peaked on August 19, 2014. It is used to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women and it was the fourth most popular feminism hashtag in Canada in 2014.