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This Is What #SorryFeminists Is All About

It started with a tweet from T magazine’s new editor, apologizing for calling writer Katie Roiphe “sexy.” Cue the Sorry Feminists Tumblr!

Deborah Needleman, the newly appointed editor of The New York TimesT magazine, tweeted this Monday morning:


The sexy (sorry, feminists), smart, sassy Katie Roiphe live on stage @nypl on Wednesday night. http://t.co/cYzI55PI— deborah needleman

Women on the Twitter (like the New Yorker’s prominent TV critic Emily Nussbaum) shared a WTF reaction:


@debbieneedles Did you wrote that tweet from 1963? Impressive.— emilynussbaum

And then people were all, if you’re going to apologize for calling a woman sexy, what else should we apologize for? Hashtag time!

About to photograph my new nail polish application. #sorryfeminists

— Irin Carmon (@irincarmon)

About to photograph my new nail polish application. #sorryfeminists— Irin Carmon

I [redacted] on the first date. #sorryfeminists

— amaeryllis (@amaeryllis)

I [redacted] on the first date. #sorryfeminists— amaeryllis

Married to a man. #sorryfeminists

— Stephanie Feldman (@sbfeldman)

Married to a man. #sorryfeminists— Stephanie Feldman

I'm enjoying browsing holiday sales #sorryfeminists

— Sarah Marian Seltzer (@sarahmseltzer)

I’m enjoying browsing holiday sales #sorryfeminists— Sarah Marian Seltzer

Enjoying my life. #sorryfeminists

— Michelle Dean (@michelledean)

Enjoying my life. #sorryfeminists— Michelle Dean

I think sex with men rocks. #sorryfeminists

— Emily Willingham (@ejwillingham)

I think sex with men rocks. #sorryfeminists— Emily Willingham

Wearing fishnet stockings. #sorryfeminists

— elliott holt (@elliottholt)

Wearing fishnet stockings. #sorryfeminists— elliott holt

owner of scented candles. #sorryfeminists

— Sarah Lipton-Lubet (@LiptonLubet)

owner of scented candles. #sorryfeminists— Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Wearing yoga pants. #sorryfeminists

— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte)

Wearing yoga pants. #sorryfeminists— Amanda Marcotte

Others may have taken #sorryfeminists seriously:

Rush Limbaugh is hilarious! #sorryfeminists

— Nicole Justice (@JusticeMack)

Rush Limbaugh is hilarious! #sorryfeminists— Nicole Justice

objectification is not only tolerated, but welcome. #sorryfeminists

— Violetta Bellocchio (@violetta_b)

objectification is not only tolerated, but welcome. #sorryfeminists— Violetta Bellocchio

red lipstick and high heels.... Daily. #sorryfeminists

— Teegie Weegie (@theteegieweegie)

red lipstick and high heels…. Daily. #sorryfeminists— Teegie Weegie

Used step stool stacked on chair to remove beeping fire alarm on 10-ft ceiling, then called apt. maint. to replace battery. #SorryFeminists

— Tracie (@txc84)

Used step stool stacked on chair to remove beeping fire alarm on 10-ft ceiling, then called apt. maint. to replace battery. #SorryFeminists— Tracie

I’m deeply invested in American football, MMA, aggressive music, experimental poetry, and BDSM. I also wear red lipstick. #sorryfeminists

— NatalieZed (@NatalieZed)

I’m deeply invested in American football, MMA, aggressive music, experimental poetry, and BDSM. I also wear red lipstick. #sorryfeminists— NatalieZed

The whole thing confused a lot of people:

#sorryfeminists? What is this about? lololol

— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac)

#sorryfeminists? What is this about? lololol— Charlene Carruthers

what is the #sorryfeminists thing about because I WANT IN probably

— Julie (@metricjulie)

what is the #sorryfeminists thing about because I WANT IN probably— Julie

So Twitter is really confused about what feminism actually is #sorryfeminists

— Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF)

So Twitter is really confused about what feminism actually is #sorryfeminists— Adrienne LaFrance

There’s also now a “Sorry Feminists” Tumblr, and it has some really good GIFs:

“Yeah, you can see my bra through my shirt. #sorryfeminists”

“I get paper. #sorryfeminists”

“Therapy. #sorryfeminists”

Update! Needleman responds:

Hello twitterers in knicker twist: JOKE!!

— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles)

Hello twitterers in knicker twist: JOKE!!— deborah needleman

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