When conservative radio host Doc Thompson started the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist over the weekend, he wasn't really talking about how to identify people who believe in social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
Instead, he sought to make fun of anyone who dared identify as a feminist. Thompson retweeted many responses from men's rights activists and other deeply confused people offering up negative stereotypes about feminists -- namely that they are all hairy, preachy harpies with "daddy issues" who exist to put men down.
However, actual feminists have co-opted the hashtag to spread awareness about what "the f-word" really means, and it's incredible. Some tackled the definition, while others took down stereotypes about what a feminist looks and acts like.
Here's how to spot an actual feminist. MRAs, take note.
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) May 5, 2015
#HowToSpotAFeminist we don't have reflections due to an ancient vampire curse. We also leviate and discuss trivial things like equality.
— Butt Medler (@OreoSpeedwagon_) May 6, 2015