Sometimes what seems like the smallest of moments springs up into a big social media campaign and social media moment. These moments can cause greater social movements in the society as a whole and really turn into something that dramatically impacts the history of the world.
One social media movement detailed by the BBC talks about how one woman started a chain reaction of social media posts about feminism and how women are so frequently lectured by men. The message was spread out with the hashtag “Dear Sister”.
This message was perhaps also more quickly spread as a result of the fact that it got started by a woman of Muslim faith. It was a nice moment to see someone in her position speak out about what she sees as an injustice. In her first tweet that got the ball rolling she talked about how men often think that they can have as many sexual partners as they wish only to eventually insist upon a virgin to settle down with. The double standard is something that made her angry.
It was not long before other women started to post to the “Dear Sister” hashtag talking about the experiences that they had as well. They noted other times in which men have spoken to women from a position of authority and be very demeaning about it. Those men may not even realize that they are being the way that they are being, but it happens every day.
That one tweet on Sunday has now cascaded into 18,000 tweets and stories from other women who have shared their frustrations with the way that some men view women and how they speak to them. Among some of these other frustrations are comments about the makeup the wear, what their purpose in life is, and what their aspirations should be.
The campaign in particular wanted to highlight some issues found with beliefs by some Muslim men. However, these ways of thinking are not exclusive to Muslim men. Rather, many religious groups and even some secular people have this brand of thinking imprinted in their minds as well. At least this Twitter campaign is putting a spotlight on it and perhaps helping to do something to make a change.