A call for women to boycott Twitter, after actress Rose McGowan was suspended over tweets after accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, has been met with scepticism, as some say they won’t be silent now “the whole world is listening”.
The mounting accusations against film producer Weinstein have triggered a conversation about the scale of sexual assault and harassment women face.
#WomenBoycottTwitter trended on Friday as people pledged to quit the site in solidarity with McGowan.
After her Twitter account was restored, McGowan encouraged the boycott. Journalist Lauren Duca and model Chrissy Teigen are among those taking part, while a host of celebrities have also pledged their support.
Me briefly escaping from this godforsaken website #WomenBoycottTwitter pic.twitter.com/oCFrZKZYx8
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) October 13, 2017
Ladies. Let’s do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
But journalist Jane Merrick asked why women should quit the site given “we’ve only just started talking about the things we’ve kept a secret for years”.
Why should #WomenBoycottTwitter? We’ve only just started talking about the things we’ve kept a secret for years.
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) October 13, 2017
As the hashtag trended, Labour MP Jess Phillips said: “I’m not going to boycott Twitter I’m going to sing like a bird.”
She shared a passage from her memoir Everywoman, in which she writes: “Our silence is complicity, our volume is napalm.”
I’m not going to boycott twitter I’m going to sing like a bird. Another bit of my book here. I am Napalm. pic.twitter.com/RroE9a32Px
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) October 13, 2017
Writer Kate Leth said she understood the idea of a boycott but added: “I don’t personally agree that silence is the …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec