Pippa Adler, added: “Social media tends to make people reckless like there are a lot of people who are very quick to support a hashtag or share a viral video, only to later find out that they don’t agree with the maker of these things.”
Feminism recently took a knock when Page Three came back into The Sun following a brief reprieve.
Rupert Murdock’s sister paper The Times announced that the feature would be pulled to the applause of feminist campaign groups, including No More Page 3 who have consistently used social media to bolster their activities.
The Sun announced Page Three’s return with the words “We’ve had a mammary lapse,” which appeared to mock those who had hoped to see its demise.
Not only are feminists still fighting for equality in terms of anti-Page Three campaigns, equal pay and slut-shaming along with a host of other issues, but now they also have to work to derail the ‘man-hating feminazi’ stigma associated with the movement.
Nadiah Jamaa added: “It’s something I feel is still really important in today’s society, where women still face inequality or discrimination. Some people do say that feminism is a ‘loaded’ term, which I understand, but I think part of this idea of it being loaded comes from stereotypes and unconscious discrimination.”
The primary focus of feminism is equality across all genders including cis, trans, male, female and gender fluid. Not only is the cause of women’s rights, but also the rights of all individuals.
Robyn Minshall and Ellie Priest noted: “It is essential in feminism to recognise that women themselves are not exempt from being oppressors. White, heterosexual, middle-class, cisgender women must recognise their inherently privileged status, which benefits from the social institutions of racism, classism, cissexism and heteronormativity.”
On campus, the feminist conversation is ongoing with FemSoc regularly meeting.
Robyn Minshall and Ellie Priest added: “Throughout the year FemSoc will continue to host our ‘feminism and intersectionality panels’ in order to shed light on the experiences of different women. These panels centre around subjects such as the experiences of LGBTQ+ women, women of colour, trans women and religious women.”
Meanwhile, an app has been developed to highlight the pay gap that is still prevalent.
‘Toothpick’ was developed by a man called Whaley and his four-person team in America. The provocative app calculates the appropriate tip to give your waiter or waitress, deducting 22% for female servers.
This is to demonstrate the difference in pay between the genders in the USA. Whaley told Buzzfeed he wants Toothpick to “make people angry.” Here in the UK, the difference in pay is closer to 18%, highlighting the still prevalent gap between the genders and how much ground still needs to be covered.
Abraham Baldry, President of the Student Union, said: “Clearly, social media has changed the feminist movement, making it easier to join the dots between incidents which might previously have seemed isolated, and vastly facilitating the spread of feminist ideas, even if the intersection of social media and feminism has sometimes provoked new issues.”
The team behind Brighton’s International Women’s Day posted “What a wonderful day with lots of positive vibes” on Facebook following their activities.
The day is a celebration of women but there are still many issues that need to be addressed and 2015 looks set to be another powerful year for feminism.