The Twitter Youth Feminist Army is a network of young people who met thought twitter and support each other in their journey to feminism. The TYFA has many members who have interests in most areas of feminism, different political and religious views, currently ranges in age from 14-27 and has members all over Great Britain!
Those are the facts. Luckily life is more than facts and many people are very passionate about the Twitter Youth Feminist Army. To me it is a life line to like minded people, who share my views and values. It is an intersectional feminist group who are inclusive to all and help encourage good values. It is a place to learn and to teach, to share and to experience. The TYFA has made me question some of my very basic beliefs and constants. Most importantly, the TYFA shows people that feminism is far from dead and show a different type of feminist that is so often stereotyped. I think I may currently be the second youngest member of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army and I have found each and every person I have met through the group a supportive and I know I will be an active and supportive member for many years to come!
Some other members of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army have given me some of their views on the TYFA. Here is what Tilly (@tillyjean_) from Sussex has to say:
“The Twitter Youth Feminist Army makes me gutted to be growing older! Having only discovered and become active with feminism aged 19, I’m seriously impressed at girls in their early teens understanding it, seeking it out, being vocal, getting involved, and most importantly making a difference. The patriarchy is, in my opinion and experience, probably most damaging to girls as they grow up, girls your age, and it makes me so pleased to see you resisting. Had I known at your age what you know, my life would have been so different. The Twitter Youth Feminist Army is admirable, and I hope they never stop fighting!”
Another view on the Twitter Youth Feminist Army is from Cat (@lumosbluebell) in Aberdeenshire:
“… Being 15 myself, I replied to the Tweet (about patriarchy demeaning young women) saying how much I could relate to it, and was immediately inundated with replies from girls my age and successful women in much the same situation of reliability.
The girls who were my own age were shockingly intelligent, aware and extremely passionate about feminism – just as I was. This was something I had literally never experienced before – I had done a class talk on feminism at the beginning of the year and was met mostly with blank faces and extreme confusion. Within a few days, there was a small network of us – young feminists who were able to bond over their strong dislike of sexism and blatant disregard for anyone who said otherwise.
To begin with, there were only a few of us, but we slowly grew in size, and we continue to do so now. Every day there is something that makes us all feel a shared sense of loathing towards misogyny/the patriarchy/sexism, but as long as we can rant at each other about it it’s all good! Just today, for example, a guy in my class said women couldn’t possibly be as successful as men because – and I quote – “They gossip too much”. Needless to say, I shouted at him about gender stereotypes and misogyny before returning to my Twitter newsfeed with a contented sigh, unable to repress myself from grinning as I saw my fellow Armettes(??) being angry about much the same things as me.
The thing is, something that began for just us has re-empowered, as it were, other, older feminists whose ideas and passion on the subject had been dulled by many women vehemently rejecting the feminist culture with a sneer and not even attempting to try and understand it. To them, we are the rebranding feminism needs, the breath of fresh air they have been yearning for for years.
We have shown them that feminism is far from dead – rather, alive and thriving.
*bows and exits stage left*”
Of course the Twitter Youth Feminist Army is also part of the wider feminist community from which we first learnt our patriarchy smashing skills!
The next part is from TYFA’s close friend Stilli (@stillicides):
“Ah, the Twitter Youth Feminist Army. For such a young group – I was there a month or so ago when the term was coined! – they certainly seem to have bonded and become effective really quickly! It’s *brilliant* seeing young women being so politically engaged and so willing to challenge and to learn. They’ve done so much more than I did (or could) as a teen. I’ve been told stories about these teens challenging grown men who are harrassing women – that’s almost incomprehensible to me. So it’s patronising, but I’m so, so proud of these ladies.
I feel like I’ve helped them learn things, but I also know that I’ve learnt from them. It is *fantastic* having a younger voice in our community, and (to be cliched for a moment) them being able to tell us what young people actually care about is immensely valuable.
Welcoming them into our twitter community of feminists has been an absolute joy. Never thought I’d consider a bunch of 15 year olds my friends – but here I am, with a group of young, engaged, brave women, how could I *not* be their friend? If this is the future of feminism, bring it on.”
The Twitter Youth Feminist Army is open to everyone and anyone with a twitter account. For more details or just for a chat about feminism or the Twitter Youth Feminist Army there are contact details for the TYFA on the Contact Us page. I know that it would be wonderful to speak to you!