What happened: This is Kelly Martin Broderick. Last Spring, Kelly participated in a feminist campaign for her university. The photo was simply herself holding up a sign that said, "This is what a feminist looks like."
Then: Around August 19, 2013 somebody took this photo and created the meme you see above.
Then: The meme was featured many places, including Tumblr and the Facebook page, "No Hope for the Human Race." According to her blog (or "rant" as No Hope calls it), by the time she discovered it, it had over 2,000 shares, almost 10,000 likes, and almost 1,000 comments. Here are some of the things people said:
"I'd like a show of hands from the feminazi types here. How many of you think that the really fat feminazi wench in the picture though that when she posed for the pic, that she would gain this much attention? This is great huh? I meanw, how about these guys here ladies.....how about a round of applause for all if these guys who took some serious time out of their evening, which we didn't have to, in order to pay a little homage to that obese salamage? Iv love this country." -Brian Shaune
"Fat, old, angry and single. If they still have a sex drive they find another angry lesbian feminist and make each other and the people around them miserable."-Brent Finnigan
"You women want everything equal good lol when you get a divorce or have kids get a job and support without child support and alimony. Equal my ass.. i see more females getting a free ride just because they married or got the dick from some dude that works hard." -Skyler Valdez
"How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because feminists won't change anything." -Brad Beringer
"And in come the feminazi's."-Connor Ross
"And this is what a fish jammed inside a chicken's neck smoking a cigarette looks like... guess which one I'd rather have around?" -Josh Wylie
"Feminism killed chivalry.."-Lauren Combs
"Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a feminist to fish and she will accuse you of patronising her, claim she knew how to do it anyway and that even if she didn't, she could easily work it out without the help of a man."-Peter Jepic
"Never understood feminism!! I like my doors opened, drinks bought, ect!! The feminists are too stupid to see we actually have it pretty good! Hell, most men share their earnings, too!! I would be a feminist, why???!! Lmao " -Deborah Lashley
"I'm a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That's what kind of man I am. You're just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It's science." -Matthew Read
But many defended her:
"I think she's beautiful. I am a feminist as well. Human beings come in all shapes and sizes. Get the fuck over it."
"So if you are not the society definition of beauty, it invalidates you as a person? is this what we have become? i guess that goes with the name of this page."
"No one here seems to even know what "feminism" is. A bunch of sad, uneducated morons. Im unfollowing this retarded page."
"This thread proves we still need feminism. Fuck off mysonginists."
"Jesus fucking Christ. I'm unfollowing this bullshit page too. All the men laughing about this--enjoy your chauvinism. For all you women laughing about this, fuck you. All of the people who fought for your right to vote and have equal pay, access to birth control--you just pissed in their faces."
Feel free to check out the post.
Her first move: Kelly and several supporters asked Facebook to remove the meme.
Facebook said NO: Because it did not violate their "community standards."
Kelly.... *get ready*.... DEFENDED HERSELF... *gasp*.....: Peacefully. In fact, the only glimmer of ridicule she unleashed was imply the immaturity of one of the thousands of lashings inflicted on her.
Kelly continued her revenge by starting a Tumblr page called "We Are What Feminists Look Like" so that several believers in gender equality could submit their photos and show that feminists are not just overweight women shamed by those who are threatened by them.
No Hope for the Human Race decided that Kelly was out of line. They decided to fight back on her blatant "attack."
No Hope for the Human Race's Response:
Her rant can be found here: http://www.xojane.com/
It features every step she took to report the image and facebook telling her that is wasn't in violation of anything.
I think I speak on behalf of all no hope fans when I say that we come here to laugh at the expense of all people. No exceptions!
When you post an image of yourself on facebook you are giving your images to the internet. Just like you can express your opinion on your feminist movement, the internet can respond back with their opinion. The problem with feminism is that you are getting carried away and have been for some time. When a funny picture on the internet becomes a reason for you to want to take away someone else's right to an opinion, that is a real problem. If people in our comments refer to feminists as "an army of lesbians who need the cock," that is not OUR opinion. It is the opinion of the one who commented. Which in this case, would offend lesbians. Someone might say that feminists look like uptight ugly fat chicks who are pissed off that hotter chicks get more dick. Once again, that is not OUR opinion. That is the opinion of the fan who commented and they have a right to express it. The meme that was created merely stated that you look like how most individuals (including attractive women who can get laid) would commonly imagine feminists to look. You stating that you were being slammed for being fat is your own insecurity. The irony, is that you are now using this as a way to promote your bullshit movement and lame tumblr page. Which I am feeding into by addressing this. Though I fear not, our fans would never entertain your wack site.
Lastly, 90% of your family and friends who supported you through this "make believe crisis" are probably fans of our page in secret. They probably laughed behind your back and now message you with sorrow. Hypocrisy at it's finest. After all, we are the page that so many won't admit they like because their uptight friends may judge them. This proves the point of our page.
You want to talk about Feminism? Think of the young girl being stalked on facebook by a sexual predator who didn't receive the help she needed, because facebook admins were inundated with you and your feminazi friends reporting this stupid ass image.
The next time you want to throw a fit about something on the internet, take your own advice. Remember this article you posted?
You know...maybe her site should take their own advice. they had this article on there. http://www.xojane.com/
Carry on with your feminism. We'll carry on making fun of it along with making fun of everything else. People's right to an opinion doesn't stop where your feelings begin.
These people are strangers. We're removed from who they are and therefore, have objectified them for our own amusement. But Kelly reminds us that these memes are human beings with lives, loved ones, and feelings. No Hope for the Human Race is right. I have laughed at memes that probably felt like a knife in the gut to the people whose images we verbally brutalized.
“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” -Hillary Rodham Clinton
"I hate what women like her have turned feminism into. What a crock." -Sam Janney