Most women have seen, heard, or personally experienced body or “slut” shaming on social media. And most women are sick and tired of it. But one woman is clapping back hard against Twitter shamers and we want to join her mission in calling out all the hypocrites roaming the halls of the internet.
The web knows her as Lindsey, or by her Twitter handle, @CardsAgstHrsmt. Lindsey started her Cards Against Harassment campaign in 2014 by filming street harassment in the Twin Cities and posting what she saw online.
To further her effort to educate others about institutional sexism and rape culture, in 2016 Lindsey began calling out men via Twitter who criticized women for showing “too much” skin. Specifically, she juxtaposed their negative and vitriolic comments about “slutty” women with their own half-naked public pics.
Lindsey tagged each photo with #ShirtlessShamers2016.
In a 2016 writeup she composed for The Daily Beast, Lindsey explained that when she began exposing these hypocritical men, she expected the process to be fairly lighthearted and funny. But after finding more than 100 shirtless sexists who criticized women online for showing skin, Lindsey realized the severity of the shaming situation. Many men blatantly wrote that “half-naked” women do not deserve respect (UGH).
Some even went as far as justifying rape, beatings, and death for women who show skin on social media.
Many of these men have posted photos of “half-naked” women on their social media feeds in praise. The hypocrisy is incredible.
She continued, “Holding men and women’s bodies to a different standard as far as nudity and sexuality is concerned matters for everyone who has come to accept that no amount of fabric can fix an underlying culture problem.”
After more than a year of fighting hypocritical body shamers, Lindsey is still working hard to end the double standard. She unfortunately fears she’ll never run out of material.
To show your support, you can follow Lindsey on Twitter, check out the physical cat calling cards she made to fight street harassment, and do your best to stand up against shirtless sexists in your own social media neighborhood.