40 Things Only Internet Feminists Will Understand

Being a feminist online can be absolutely amazing, but things can also get batshit crazy. Feminist ladies of the internet, this one’s for you.

1. When somebody refers to you as an “Internet Feminist”:

What does that even mean?

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2. When somebody with “conservative values” follows you on Twitter:

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3. When a fellow feminist you really like says something shitty in an article:

What is even happening?

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4. And then makes it even worse by being a dick about it on Twitter:

Please stop blocking everyone who disagrees with you on Twitter. So much for the Sisterhood, eh?

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5. When someone says “so much for the Sisterhood”:


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6. When one of your Facebook friends says something sexist:

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7. When you realise you’re actually related to that person:

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8. When you say something particularly badass and get loads of RTs:


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9. When you post a photo of your manicure on Instagram and you’re told to “check your privilege”:

I did it myself using ORGANIC FAIR-TRADE NAIL VARNISH. What else do you people want from me?!

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10. When Spotify unexpectedly unveils your un-feminist music choices to your Facebook friends:

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11. And it’s hard to feel bad because the music is SO GOOD:

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My feminist brain says no but my tapping foot says YES. This is the last time* I’m going to allow myself to listen to this.


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12. When you realise feminists you thought were your friends are talking crap about something you wrote:

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13. When people online make things about feminism when they don’t necessarily have to be:

Do we have to do this right now?! I just want to watch the VMAs…

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14. When a male commentator on TV says something so feminist you want to hug him:

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15. And then wonder why there wasn’t a woman on TV to talk about the same issue:

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16. When another feminist tries to tell you the correct way to be a feminist:

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17. When feminists are told to “stop complaining” on Twitter when raising a serious issue:

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18. And then later the same week feminists are told they need to “speak up more”:

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19. That time you had to Google “intersectional”:

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20. That time you had to Google “Bechdel Test”:

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21. And “CIS”.

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22. And then drowned in a sea of guilt over your own privilege:


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23. When you go to a feminist meetup and no one speaks to you:

It’s mostly because everyone is just a bit socially awkward but STILL.

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24. When your favorite feminist follows you back on Twitter:

You like me! You really like me!

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25. And then when you realise they’ve unfollowed you:

Was it something I said? (Yes.)

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26. When you see women you really like being horrible to each other online:

Just stop it. STOP.

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27. How you feel when you’re hanging out in the non-feminist parts of the internet:

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28. When someone tells you what you’ve said isn’t feminist enough:

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29. When the same five white feminists are on every panel, every list, and are asked to speak at every conference EVER:

How hard is it?!

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30. When a feminist threatens to leave Twitter and the internet ONCE AND FOR ALL…

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Peace out.

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31. When a young girl reaches out to you because she wants to get more involved with feminism:

Start your blog, padawan. I will be your feminist spirit guide.

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32. When a feminist you really like writes a book:

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33. And then you discover you disagree with approximately two-thirds of it:

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34. When your family doesn’t understand why you get so upset about “all that feminist stuff”:


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35. When a guy mansplains feminism to you:

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And you’re all like:

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And then your awesome feminist friends on Twitter are all like:

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36. When everyone starts freaking out and arguing over something you’ve written:

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37. When a celebrity who totally is a feminist swears that she isn’t:


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38. When you make the mistake of checking Twitter on a Sunday and all the feminists are fighting:

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39. When your feminist buddies online see someone engaging with a troll:


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40. When you meet awesome feminists online and they become your IRL friends:

That’s definitely the best part. That, and raising awareness of feminist issues, even if it is hard and awkward sometimes.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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