…that not all ‘misogynistic comments’ (often nothing of the kind) on Twitter were made by men.
I should have known the answer would be something dishonest, and Polly doesn’t disappoint:
Sad, angry men sitting in their bedsits in underpants, hating women unattainable to them? Yes, there are plenty of those. But the shock is that most abuse comes from very young women, directed at other women. This is playground behaviour taken to another level, where all the world can see on Facebook or Twitter the petty malice and spite young girls spit out at one another and at other women they envy or resent.
Why? Like the sad angry men, girls lashing out express all their own insecurities and lack of self-esteem. If you hate yourself and your body, if you can’t match the impossible ideal woman imagery all around you, then you lash out to make yourself feel better.
See, it’s all the fault of the Patriarchy really! Women can’t help themselves. Men drive them to it!
I have visited Swedish schools where they set up feminist girls’ clubs to protect and support each other, to look after each other going out at night, to resist the bullying and trivialising of girls’ lives.
I hope they admit boys too. After all, we can’t have single sex clubs, can we Polly?