As the SKWAWKBOX published earlier, a fake-news attack on a well-known Labour social media campaigner was smeared with the false accusation of being a man – which she disproved with a tweeted video.
An offshoot to that Twitter conversation has triggered a trending hashtag after a BBC writer doubted the authenticity of @Rachael_Swindon as an ‘ordinary mum’ because she tweets about politics all the time:
Another well-known Twitter campaigner was quick to respond:
And that triggered responses from some of the many politically-engaged, well-informed and active women on Twitter who took exception to the idea that an ‘ordinary anyone’ couldn’t be – well, politically engaged, well informed and active:
Men got in on the act too:
Including one who pointed out why the Establishment may be so keen to undermine effective activists:
And that’s the point, really. In this instance it was expressed through casual, condescending sexism, but what has the Establishment so ‘rattled’ is the fact that ‘ordinary’ people – mums and others – are active, engaged and effective in challenging its narrative and setting the agenda.
Or, as this blog ventured to express it:
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