“Bad boy male feminist” Hugo Schwyzer confessed in an epic Twitter meltdown last Friday that he had used “sex and charm and whiteness” to scam his way into both teaching gigs and the pages of progressive outlets like The Atlantic, Jezebel, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. The blog Feministe eventually decided to stop linking to Schwyzer’s work (after all, “trying to murder your girlfriend is abhorrent”), and in his manic Twitter rant Schwyzer apologized in particular for being “awful” to women of color who were in the way of his grab for attention.

Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic’s sympathetic response to Schwyzer’s meltdown wasn’t appreciated by some of the targets of Schwyzer’s abuse.

The #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag certainly touched a nerve, trending in the United States.

Yes, that did happen.





Famous white feminist Martha Plimpton did have this concession to make.

Speaking of Lena Dunham, there is some common ground to be found between conservatives and progressive feminists of color: the “Girls” phenomenon confounds all.