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“Men are trash”: the surprisingly philosophical story behind an internet punchline

The revelations of MeToo and the rise of strongman leaders has turned the internet in-joke into a foundation for political movement

By Arianne Shahvisi  

Before we say 'men are trash', it may be helpful to define our terms. Image: Prospect Composite

Are men trash?

Every few minutes for the last few years, it feels like someone has tweeted “men are trash” only to be met the wrath of those more indignant at its divisiveness than the sexism that keeps it viral. Earlier this year, Brazilian gaming influencer Gabriela Cattuzzo was dropped by her sponsor for responding to sexual harassment on Twitter with the retort “this is why men are trash.” Similarly, Facebook censors “men are trash” posts as…

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