Laverne Cox Gets Twitter Riled Up With #ILoveMenButHatePatriarchy Hashtag

laverne coxLaverne Cox has never been one to shy away from controversy, and the actress and transgender activist's latest series of tweets is generating just that. But Cox isn't working alone: Her new hashtag #ILoveMenButHatePatriarchy is the brianchild of Cox and Harry Potter star Emma Watson -- or at least we're pretty sure it is.

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While the origin of Cox's tweets isn't really clear at this time, it seems as if she and Watson were hanging out, "brainstorming" hashtag ideas for a pro-men but anti-patriarchy sort of movement. Which sort of makes sense, given Cox's aforementioned transgender activism and Watson's work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations (she helped to launch the gender equality–promoting HeForShe campaign last year). The tweets read almost as a conversation between the two, or maybe as something they're typing out side by side (honestly it's a tiny bit confusing). Check it out:

We hear you, Laverne! Men are great; a male-dominated society that systematically oppresses women is not so great. Except not everybody is taking this hashtag-in-the-making as a positive thing -- some people think this pro-guys, anti-patriarchy thing is just one more way to make the gender equality battle all about men:

I understand where these people are coming from, to be sure, but I also don't think that's what Cox and Watson were trying to do at all. I think this hashtag was probably more of a response to accusations and stereotypes about feminists hating men and just came off poorly on Twitter.

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But I guess we really don't know much about what Cox and Watson were actually trying to do at this point (or if Watson was even actually involved?). So maybe everybody should just relax for the time being? After all, both Cox and Watson do a lot of good work between the two of them -- I don't think it's fair to get up in arms over a couple of awkwardly worded tweets.

 

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