You know the adage, âif something seems to good to be true, it probably is?â Well, it seems like a lot of people donât, because a shit-ton of them fell for a dumb 4chan hashtag hoax this morning involving pretending that feminists were trying to #EndFathersDay. Which, by the way, weâre definitely, definitely not. You can trust me on this one. I think I would know. This hoax is similar to (and I believe brought to you by the same people) the ridiculous#whitescantberaped hashtag hoax.
The hashtag itself was started by some very obvious sock puppet âfeministâ Twitter accounts, most of which had very few tweets other than the #EndFathersDay tweets, and maybe a few other strawman tweets along the lines of how much they hate men and such. The point, obviously, was to make feminists and the things we fight for look ridiculous.
Outside of the tweets from these accounts, youâll notice that the vast majority of the #EndFathersDay tweets are all up in arms that anyone would do such a thing, and âOh my god, the feminists are out of control now! Theyâve gone too far! Theyâre going to kill all the fathers!â Which, really, I can assure you we are not.
Which is not to say that there havenât been a few idiots who seem to hold feminist pretensions that have weirdly gone along with this like itâs real or something. I saw a few here and there that I suspect werenât from trolls. But as I always say, âthereâs one in every family and if you donât think so itâs you.â Weâve got our dumbasses as well. That I will not deny.
The hoax itself is a strawman argument. When you make a strawman argument, youâre making up an easily refutable point and attributing it to the person your arguing with, and then arguing that point rather than the position your opponent actually holds. It took off, though, because of what people want to believe about feminism. Itâs confirmation bias. People want to believe that we hate men, because itâs a very simple explanation for why weâre annoying you all the time about shit you donât feel like hearing about, like the wage gap and sexual assault.You know, other than the even more simple explanation that those things are wrong. The point of this hashtag was to make feminists and the things they argue for look ridiculous.