It could be said that, for years now, the majority of people who support LGBTQ rights have also been quite supportive of the feminist community. Even with that overwhelming amount of support, both females and LGBTQ individuals still struggle in both the workplace and on college campuses.
However, it’s necessary to note that social networking is helping both of these groups make amazing strides in both the workplace and on college campuses. For example, when the Supreme Court began debating Proposition 8 early this week, Facebook became flooded with pictures of red equal signs and other such signs of support. These pictures, consequently, spark conversation, debate and questions. All of that is incredibly helpful because it forces the government to take notice of what the people are actually calling for. The same is true for people who are able to organize online campaigns, petitions, or discussion groups in support of LGBTQ individuals and/or women. In this decade, the Internet is more powerful than ever.
Brian Levin, a writer for The Huffington Post, took note on how social media and networking affects social changes and movements. He describes a “chain reaction” in which people change their pictures and, in some cases, actual stance on a particular change. Social media such as Facebook “affords us the ability to learn what our friends think about the issues of the day” and through this network we can learn more. Not only that, but the feeling of being supported by so many people helps the people who are fighting for their rights.
Social media and networking has also show a strong stand in the feminist movement. One such example is Rush Limbaugh’s defeat through social media. Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk show host, called out derogatory names at a female law student after she gave her testimony about contraception to Congress. In response, a “coalition of active feminists prepared at a moment’s notice to blow the lid off sexist attacks.” These feminists took to Facebook and Twitter which “dealt Limbaugh the worst humiliation of his controversial career.” Even more, this attack on Limbaugh was not organized; it was spontaneous and powerful.
This being the modern-day and 21st century, it’s such a surprise that people are still fighting for equality. Now, though, it is easier to get a movement started through the use of media and our networks. This can be seen in so many instances such as a simple change of a profile picture, writing about our thoughts, or calling out people in the wrong. These things, no matter how small and simple, stir up conversations about what we really want.