These Are Real Tweets Sent By Real People To Real Women. WTF!?

When you're a feminist, or a woman, or anyone who can't pass for a straight, white male on the Internet, you get a lot of vitriol hurled your way pretty much any time you speak up. But here's the thing. When you start seeing enough tweets like this (and I have seen more than enough of them, let me tell you) the message starts to get a bit redundant. And predictable. It's a bit pathetic, really. I've categorized some of the most common ones below.

#1. The Murder Threat (with bonus slut-shaming)


Feminists are really into the whole "creating a world in which all people are equal" thing ... so remind me again how murdering them all is gonna help you?

#2. The "Oh Yeah ... Well, You're ... UGLY!"

WE GET IT. You think we're ugly on the outside. And think "fat" is an insult (it's not). And think we give a crap if you find us attractive.

News flash: If a woman who demands respect and equality kills your uhm ... that says way more about you than it does about us. Sorry, not sorry.

#3. The Logical Jump

A=b, b=c, therefore a=c ... so I don't know how you made the jump from glasses-wearing to having invalid opinions ... but I'm curious.

I mean, this is actually just great news, because no one wants to be raped. So thanks for the update — glad that's not on the agenda. You're too kind. Also, while we have you here, uh, can I remind you that rape is not a compliment?

#4. When Autocorrect Attacks (My Sense Of Party Dips)

LOL. If only all threats to myself and my life were funny.

They're not all funny, BTW. Cases in point...

#5. The Legit Scary Sniper Threat

0__o

(See #1). Then alert authorities. Oh, about that...

#6. The Personal Rape Threat

Bonus points for law enforcement not taking that seriously.

Watch the whole video here:

It's like they think we can't see through what they're trying to do...

And while these sorts of tweets should not be taken lightly or dismissed out of hand, sometimes there's only one way to respond:

(It's not anti-feminist! Taylor Swift is great!)

DANCE PARTY!!!

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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