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Men Are Calling Themselves "Meninists" To Take A Stand Against Feminism

"Stop objectifying men."

Just in case you were tired of the online backlash against feminism, there is now another side to it: a Twitter hashtag advocating for "meninism".

"Meninism" isn't a new concept: The BBC reported on it last year, describing it as a hashtag "started by men sharing jokes", but said some were also using it to “express the difficulties of being a man in the 21st century".

Stop objectifying men. Real men have curves. #MeninistTwitter

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Stop objectifying men. Real men have curves. #MeninistTwitter

11:24 PM - 16 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

Over the last month, the #MeninistTwitter hashtag has picked up steam, and now features memes and questions about why "men can't have the same equality as women".

Why don't guys under 6ft get a chance? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

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Why don't guys under 6ft get a chance? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

4:24 AM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some supporters of "menimism" are joking, but others are using the hashtag to air genuine grievances with feminism.

Although the use of the hashtag now advocates men's rights and criticises women for objectifying men, it was originally hijacked from male feminists.

Why can't men ever get in the club free? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

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Why can't men ever get in the club free? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

4:48 AM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

why cant she open the door for me? #MenimistTwitter

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why cant she open the door for me? #MenimistTwitter

7:58 AM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

How about you girls make a guy's day for once? We enjoy cheap gifts too #MenimistTwitter

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How about you girls make a guy's day for once? We enjoy cheap gifts too #MenimistTwitter

8:40 PM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It became a trending topic on Twitter and people attempting to critique feminism by mocking it continue to embrace it.

You can take bikini pics with your friends, but when I take shirtless pictures with my friends I'm gay? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

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You can take bikini pics with your friends, but when I take shirtless pictures with my friends I'm gay? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

2:04 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Why do men have to spend our hard earned money on dates, why can we get asked out, picked up and fed... I like free food too. #Meninist

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Why do men have to spend our hard earned money on dates, why can we get asked out, picked up and fed... I like free food too. #Meninist

5:39 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

i'm done sliding in dms. you slide into mine #MenimistTwitter

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i'm done sliding in dms. you slide into mine #MenimistTwitter

10:14 PM - 30 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Both "meninist" and "menimist" spellings are commonly used.

Where's "Men in History"? #meninist

How come when girls wear yoga pants it's "hot" and "cute" but when I do it it's "creepy" and "disgusting" ??? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

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How come when girls wear yoga pants it's "hot" and "cute" but when I do it it's "creepy" and "disgusting" ??? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen

5:45 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many tweets have commented on women who suggest they like taller men.

My under 6 foot brother needs love just as much as your fat friend.

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My under 6 foot brother needs love just as much as your fat friend.

6:36 PM - 22 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But if I call a girls over 170 pounds friends I'm a jerk smh #MenimistTwitter

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But if I call a girls over 170 pounds friends I'm a jerk smh #MenimistTwitter

3:30 AM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others mimic anti-rape posters from the "menimist" perspective.

just bc I was horny didnt mean I wanted it was it the way I was dressed or bc I was just being nice? #MenimistTwitter

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just bc I was horny didnt mean I wanted it was it the way I was dressed or bc I was just being nice? #MenimistTwitter

7:56 PM - 17 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And others mock abortion and domestic violence.

“@samstaydipped: Men shld have a say in Abortion. Its my child as well #YesAllMen #MenimistTwitter”WE DO! Its called😂

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“@samstaydipped: Men shld have a say in Abortion. Its my child as well #YesAllMen #MenimistTwitter”WE DO! Its called

7:33 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many share images intended to mock the "double standards" they perceive feminists to have.

"@ohabioh: more men need to dress like this. "we're not here to please you #MenimistTwitter

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"@ohabioh: more men need to dress like this. "we're not here to please you #MenimistTwitter

7:07 PM - 16 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

All these female emojis but guys only get like 3 #EqualityForMen

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All these female emojis but guys only get like 3 #EqualityForMen

5:50 AM - 16 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#FeministTwitter summed up nicely... #MenimistTwitter #MeninistTwitter #Meninist #Menimism #WomenAgainstFeminism

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#FeministTwitter summed up nicely...

#MenimistTwitter #MeninistTwitter #Meninist #Menimism

#WomenAgainstFeminism

4:31 AM - 14 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@iCelestial: She so real RT @_WSBG: Hope she goes to prison for this sexual assault ” #MenimistTwitter

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“@iCelestial: She so real RT @_WSBG: Hope she goes to prison for this sexual assault ” #MenimistTwitter

2:37 AM - 14 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Women need to start appreciating us for MORE than just our hot bodies... #MenimistTwitter #MeninistTwitter #Meninist

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Women need to start appreciating us for MORE than just our hot bodies...

#MenimistTwitter #MeninistTwitter #Meninist

12:20 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#MenimistTwitter "@MENlNIST: Alex From Target is a perfect example. "

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#MenimistTwitter "@MENlNIST: Alex From Target is a perfect example. "

6:58 PM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@RIPvuhsace: WE WANT EQUALITY!!! #MenimistTwitter ”

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“@RIPvuhsace: WE WANT EQUALITY!!! #MenimistTwitter ”

2:26 AM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@UsTheDuo: When her feet hurt, carry her. ” why can't she carry me? #MenimistTwitter

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“@UsTheDuo: When her feet hurt, carry her. ” why can't she carry me? #MenimistTwitter

4:47 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#MenimistTwitter because I don't think equality is in good hands with #FeministTwitter... #MeninistTwitter #Meninist

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#MenimistTwitter because I don't think equality is in good hands with #FeministTwitter...

#MeninistTwitter #Meninist

4:04 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some Twitter users have been quick to congratulate themselves for angering feminists online.

#MenimistTwitter is hilarious because feminists and emasculated men are getting mad. Equality doesn't mean you get to limit my free speech

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#MenimistTwitter is hilarious because feminists and emasculated men are getting mad. Equality doesn't mean you get to limit my free speech

12:28 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But feminists on Twitter were then quick to mock the hashtag.

nothing quite like misogynists inadvertently giving validation to feminism #MenimistTwitter http://t.co/8psJ3JxgUq

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nothing quite like misogynists inadvertently giving validation to feminism #MenimistTwitter http://t.co/8psJ3JxgUq

6:43 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#MenimistTwitter in a nutshell @cole_legg @enjolrasgrrrl @BRIAN__bc @cutequeer96 @MaggieBornstein

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#MenimistTwitter in a nutshell @cole_legg @enjolrasgrrrl @BRIAN__bc @cutequeer96 @MaggieBornstein

1:34 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anyone want to hazard a guess why this guy isn't asked out on more dates? #MenimistTwitter

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Anyone want to hazard a guess why this guy isn't asked out on more dates? #MenimistTwitter

6:42 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Last month, video blogger Kat Blaque made a great video in which she gives her reaction to the #MeministTwitter trend.

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Blaque says she finds the hashtag "fascinating, depressing, and unsettling".

"The 'menimist' hashtag seeks to critique feminism though parody," Blaque said. "Unfortunately all it does is demonstrate that people still don't know what feminism is."

Other video bloggers, such as Morgan Grace, also have also addressed the growing trend.

There are numerous "meninist" Tumblr pages that document moments when "men's rights are needed".

One Tumblr user claims that a "meninist club" has been set up in a school with the aim of harassing the feminist society.

She said: "They started this club because a group of boys ... were reported by several girls for sexual harassment & they think it’s funny." BuzzFeed News has contacted the Tumblr user for a comment.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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