You know the adage, “if something seems to good to be true, it probably is?” Well, it seems like a lot of people don’t, 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, we’re 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 “feminist” 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, you’ll notice that the vast majority of the #EndFathersDay tweets are all up in arms that anyone would do such a thing, and “Oh my god, the feminists are out of control now! They’ve gone too far! They’re going to kill all the fathers!” Which, really, I can assure you we are not.
Which is not to say that there haven’t been a few idiots who seem to hold feminist pretensions that have weirdly gone along with this like it’s real or something. I saw a few here and there that I suspect weren’t from trolls. But as I always say, “there’s one in every family and if you don’t think so it’s you.” We’ve got our dumbasses as well. That I will not deny.
The hoax itself is a strawman argument. When you make a strawman argument, you’re 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. It’s confirmation bias. People want to believe that we hate men, because it’s a very simple explanation for why we’re annoying you all the time about shit you don’t 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.