Assailed by lists of obvious advice, shiny happy content with the nutritional value of bubble gum, and cutesy sign-off graphics, I retreated to the grumpy lady corner of the Internet with cookies and the feeling that this wasn’t how fat activism was meant to be.
Limbaugh attacked a white woman. A law student. And that has a lot to do with why this incident is making people angry, when Limbaugh’s racism hasn’t sparked nearly the same level of outrage in the past.
She’s not the only young woman speaking out about birth control, body image, and a host of other issues that affect teens, and yet she’s constantly hearing the message that there are no young feminists, and no politically engaged youth.
People participate in social justice hashtags because of their invested interest in them, and not because I simply tell people to join. My personal friends as well as my Twitter community really carried the conversation.