#LiesToldByFemales is the misogynistic cesspool you might expect. Plus giant lizards, and JC Penney

Lying female

Lying female

So Twitter is a bit depressing today. One of the trending hashtags at the moment is #LiesToldByFemales and, yes, it’s the misogynistic cesspool that you might expect, a vast assortment of not-very-original stereotypes about women — sorry, females — and their allegedly lying ways. The female-bashing tweeters — some of them female themselves — aren’t even terribly original in their complaints, and most of the tweets seem to be reworkings on a few very basic themes.

We have the good-old fashioned trope of the female-as-narcissist, forever obsessed with how she looks — and given to lying about how much work she puts into her appearance.


Then, of course, there are the cheating “females.”

And the evil, evil females who tell people they’re “fine” when they’re really not so fine at all:

But most of the Tweets — or at least the most virulent ones — seem to be devoted to not-so-good old-fashioned slut-shaming. A favorite target: the slut pretending not to be s slut:



The strangest variation on this theme is the following:

This particular meme is, for some strange reason, quite popular; versions of it have been Tweeted dozens of times by dozens of different people since the hashtag started up yesterday.

It’s a strangely revealing complaint. There are only two scenarios in which I can imagine a man getting angry about this statement from a “female.” Either he’s angry at a woman who didn’t give him a blowjob (even though she’s allegedly given blowjobs to other men), 0r he’s angry at a woman who did give him a blowjob (even though she said she didn’t do that). Really?

In the first instance, he’s essentially announcing to the world that he’s an asshole who’s jealous that women are having sex with men other than him; in the second he’s basically showing himself to be an ungrateful asshole who never deserves to get a blowjob ever again. Either way, dude, you’re not the one who looks good here.

The one heartening sign in all this: a few intrepid souls have ventured into the swamp to subvert this noxious old meme.

Give it a shot yourself — I have. At least if you can stand being in some pretty repulsive company.

NOTE TO LARGE CORPORATIONS: I wouldn’t recommend jumping into this particular hashtag if I were you. Might not look so good alongside some of the other Tweets. I’m looking at you, JC Penney.

Ooh, that’s original.

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on March 5, 2014, in a woman is always to blame, are these guys 12 years old?, boner rage, creepy, douchebaggery, evil sexy ladies, evil women, female beep boop, gender policing, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, sluts, twitter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 215 Comments.

  1. Viscaria, love your #liestoldbyknitters. That’s gonna be one fruitful field.đŸ˜›

    Argenti, yay!:)

  2. Good heavens. I have yet to see anything on the internet end well that starts off by referring to women as “females”.

  3. I don’t have anything in my mouth.
    No thanks, I am full.

    Argenti: Seconding Viscaria’s oooOOOooo and raising a lecherous eyebrow waggle.

  4. “These are your eggs. I was just looking at your nest. You two are a cute couple–I’m sure they’ll turn out just like you!” #liestoldbyfemalecuckoos

    Also, Jezebel now has an article about this.

  5. I’m not high. I’m just exhausted because I sat around and did nothing today. #liestoldbyme

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