As a millennial, it’s easy to think feminism is making a comeback, but in reality, it’s the internet that’s simply shed a broader spotlight on the movement that has been around for decades.
Social media platforms such as Tumblr and Twitter have proven to be a unique and effective platform for a myriad of social justice issues. By sharing their experiences with other women and opening up discussions, women are able to create a sense of unity and bring in larger numbers for petitions, protests, etc. regarding gender equality.
Because of social media, we know Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who carried her mattress around campus in protest when her alleged rapist was not expelled. We know Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency, a feminist video game critic whose invitation to speak at Utah State University sparked threats of a school shooting. This year, Anita made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list and there’s no doubt that social media is to thank.
Social media has proven to wield a lot of power in gaining national and global attention and women are smartly taking advantage of it. The internet has given new life to the feminist movement and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere soon.