I think a lot of the problems for us stem from a misunderstanding of exactly how many people we can reach. Social media has become a global phenomenon and connects people around the world. While that is an amazing feat that does bring some personal responsibility with it. Our thoughts don’t just go out into space never to be seen again. People see what we write now, and they will likely see it in the future as well. There are consequences for youtube videos like the one from Jenna Marbles and twitter hashtags that have sprung up this week. They are hurtful to the women who see them. And they are incredibly damaging to the women’s movement overall. We still haven’t achieved complete equality for ourselves but I think we can do it. IF we avoid pitfalls like these and don’t attack each other.
So I think we should take on that responsibility. Hold yourself and your friends to a higher standard. Don’t support groups who use social media in hurtful ways. And please please always consider the consequences of what you’re saying or writing or tweeting or posting. You never know what the consequences could be. Either for yourself and for others.