Since Wednesday morning, when RH Reality Check reported on a condom company that had its account barred from advertising on Twitter, three other companies have come forward to allege that Twitter censored their ads about condoms or sexual health information.
Twitter’s confusing ad policies stifle the promotion of basic, vitally important health products such as condoms.
While Twitter doesn’t technically prohibit condom ads, it does prohibit advertising for unspecified forms of “contraceptives,” which could keep groups from spreading information about sexual health.
Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as “toxic” and a “poisonous well.” But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.
The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.
Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.
A discussion of several hashtags that have been making their way around Twitter over the past week: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen, and #F*ckCisPeople.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has agreed to withdraw its subpoena of an Austin woman’s Twitter account after it demanded information on supposedly “terroristic” tweets she composed during the Texas legislature’s special sessions earlier this summer.
The invisibility of trans communities is real. So are unthinking insults. By treating the latter as intentional, we do nothing to inform and educate about the first.
In this week’s Sexual Health Roundup: A new study finds that heterosexual men who are in stable, monogamous relationships keep their distance from a pretty girl if given a sniff of oxytocin (the bonding hormone), a judge is set to rule on Alabama’s policy of segregating HIV-positive prisoners, and researchers in Germany find that social media is more tempting than sex, cigarettes, and alcohol.