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We all know how important it is to promote class consciousness. Often the problem is getting heard, especially beyond your own social circle. On most social media it's difficult to break through the noise if you don't already have a lot of clout.

Enter Yik Yak, a fully anonymous chatting app that is popular with college students (at least in the U.S.). There are no usernames and it's not possible to see an individual's posting/comment history, so there's no risk of doxxing or other negative attention. It's one of the few online spaces where I feel safe promoting radfem ideas.

The chat is restricted to users within a 5-mile radius, meaning there is a lot less noise that you need to cut through.

Most importantly, the audience assumes that every post or comment is coming from one of their peers, their immediate social community. If you are an old crone like I am (i.e., over 25 yrs old) then this is crucial to being heard. Opinions that these students would immediately dismiss when voiced by a "Karen" are considered seriously on YY.

My wife and I wade in to YY occasionally to offer comments that lift up and embolden young women and let them know they deserve better. We've made posts about how gross and dangerous sexual strangulation is, and how men need to stop watching porn. We drag men for their gross sexual entitlement and other male behavior, and post radfem talking points that otherwise would never come up.

I actually think this has started some productive conversations, or at least helps to normalize women knowing their worth and demanding better treatment. Some of our posts have received a surprising number of upvotes, which tells me there is definitely an appetite for feminist values.

If you live near a college campus consider making a YY account to spread some wholesome feminist content. If you do, plz report back to let me know how it goes!

We all know how important it is to promote class consciousness. Often the problem is getting heard, especially beyond your own social circle. On most social media it's difficult to break through the noise if you don't already have a lot of clout. Enter Yik Yak, a fully anonymous chatting app that is popular with college students (at least in the U.S.). There are no usernames and it's not possible to see an individual's posting/comment history, so there's no risk of doxxing or other negative attention. It's one of the few online spaces where I feel safe promoting radfem ideas. The chat is restricted to users within a 5-mile radius, meaning there is a lot less noise that you need to cut through. Most importantly, the audience assumes that every post or comment is coming from one of their peers, their immediate social community. If you are an old crone like I am (i.e., over 25 yrs old) then this is crucial to being heard. Opinions that these students would immediately dismiss when voiced by a "Karen" are considered seriously on YY. My wife and I wade in to YY occasionally to offer comments that lift up and embolden young women and let them know they deserve better. We've made posts about how gross and dangerous sexual strangulation is, and how men need to stop watching porn. We drag men for their gross sexual entitlement and other male behavior, and post radfem talking points that otherwise would never come up. I actually think this has started some productive conversations, or at least helps to normalize women knowing their worth and demanding better treatment. Some of our posts have received a surprising number of upvotes, which tells me there is definitely an appetite for feminist values. If you live near a college campus consider making a YY account to spread some wholesome feminist content. If you do, plz report back to let me know how it goes!

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Just letting you know I’m gen z and I’m definitely conscious of the issues that women face, the damage that gender ideology is doing to women and lgb people and our spaces being colonised.

When speaking to my female friends I slip in rad fem beliefs and it’s usually met with unanimous agreement, like sex work is the oldest form of oppression , women should have spaces to feel safe from men, prisons should be single sex , sex is immutable , gender is just stereotypes, porn is misogynistic and negatively affects women etc.

However if I say “rad fems or TERFs believe that ..” it will be met with ridicule and be brushed off as hateful. So they agree with the views it’s just the fear of being called hateful for saying what the TRAs don’t want to hear. The social costs of coming out as gender critical is hefty but I have noticed a shift of ppl questioning gender ideology online on reddit or YouTube. I think the reason why so many gen z vehemently denounce rad fem points is because we were told to, we are taught about gender ideology from a young age as being scientific and the newest modern medicine. Anyone who questions the new science of lady brains and man brains or sexed souls trapped in the wrong body or just changing sex are ✨bigots™️.✨

Growing up on Tumblr I saw things like “ If you like this you may be trans: ” and it’s all things like if you like blue , wearing men’s clothing , girls , played male characters as a child” etc . This led me to believe I may be trans at 14 , luckily I never went further than looking at binder prices before realising I can like all those things and still be a girl. Turns out I was just a GNC bisexual who liked to wear comfy clothes thank god I wasn’t medicalised for it but others weren’t so lucky. One thing that bothers me the most about this is that I don’t know women who identify as lesbians my age (men don’t count), I only know non binary and trans man identifying ones. No one in gen z seems to question why , the same with where have all the cross dressers / transvestites have gone ? Because I don’t think either have gone extinct.

Small point. You can't identify as a lesbian. You either are one or you aren't. Sexual orientation is not an identity.

No I know that dw I just meant they simply don’t call themselves lesbian

Even women who haven’t peaked are likely to have realised, at least subconsciously, that labelling oneself as lesbian or bisexual is akin to putting a massive beacon on yourself to attract negative attention, either from predatory men, TRAs or handmaiden “allies.”

There is an LGBTIQ+ charity in Australia called Minus18, whose target demographic is helping under 18s.

Few seem to have noticed that it was founded by a paedophile and is now completely captured by trans ideology. Not one single female staff member says she is lesbian or bisexual. Every single one of these women says they are trans, nonbinary or “queer,” the latter being code for “I don’t wish to open myself up for criticism.”

I'm not Gen z but I am a baby millennial and I cant talk to any of my female friends about this stuff at all... they'd straight up stop talking to me. But me and all my friends are very "alt" and I feel like this sex work is work and gender ideology bullshit is way more popular with these "alt" people. But I don't understand whyyyy 😭 that being said, have you met people that are more like that your age that also agree with radfem ideas? Or do you think alternative groups are more prone to the bullshit?

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Older millennial, but I was heavily involved in various alternative groups and the sex work is work shit and gender shit is insanely popular in my circle. Since having kids, I’ve spent a lot more time around moms my own age and pretty much none of them know any of this stuff and heavily agree with basic rad fem ideas. Both groups are ‘liberal, democratic voting women’, but the moms are far less likely to have gone to college and are more likely to be working class. Tl:dr alternative groups are definitely more prone to this bullshit.

I’m alt 😭 and YH won’t lie the alt cliques tend to be the most obnoxiously TRA I think because a lot of TIMs fetishise goth and alt fashion so they become alt when they transition .

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Yak in my area is a solid mix of hyper-kweer types and wildly misogynistic dudes 😭 I still try, but god everyone on there near me is dumb.

It drives me nuts whenever I argue with one side the other side swoops in to “agree” with me— like no Brandon, I hate you too!

A large proportion of our local yaks are pure hookup culture, and/or about getting drunk. But as with any social media, the loudest ones are just the "tip of the iceberg".

I do it for the lurkers and it pays off. The most upvoted posts are always the wholesome, genuinely funny, or thoughtful ones. The people are listening

I love what you and your wife are doing! We were just discussing this on the post about strangulation: https://ovarit.com/o/WomensLiberation/219055/sexual-choking-is-now-so-common-that-many-young-people-dont-think-it-even-requir

Elder millennial here and so glad to hear Yik Yak is still around! I deleted the app once I graduated, not sure if it would be useful anymore but I will re-download after reading this. And heck yeah I’ll post when I’m near campus. :)

So glad you made a post about this after the initial comment. More people definitely need to know about it :) I plan on making an account as soon as I get my new phone set up for this exact reason! I’m having trouble thinking of what to post first, and I’m a bit nervous of negative response from males, but it’ll be an interesting experiment.

Thanks for your work :)

Edit: I also like how you explain that people assume the posts are coming from their own social group, so they are more receptive to opinions. That’s pretty insightful.