By Amy Callaghan
Twitter has the potential to be an incredibly grim place, particularly for women. Often, women receive insults, hate and even threats from those – usually men – who take issue with what they say publicly, even if they didn’t particularly intend to make any kind of statement. Fortunately, amidst all the negativity, there are plenty of women on Twitter who combine feminism with humour, even at the risk of potentially receiving hate. When the world is all doom and gloom, brighten your timeline with these hilarious women offering a humorous take on everything from gender inequality to the latest political horror show.
Lex Croucher @lexcanroar
Lex Croucher is a British vlogger who is vocal about social issues through all her social media channels. Combine this with her incredibly dry sarcastic humour, and her Twitter is a reliable source of simultaneously relatable and relevant content.
everything Mother’s Day branded is so pink and soft. if I’m ever a mother I hope my kids get me a cape and an obsidian dagger
— Lex (@lexcanroar) March 3, 2016
Ruby Tandoh @rubytandoh Ruby Tandoh was a finalist on the Great British Bake Off in 2013. She is a witty and outspoken young queer chef whose unapologetic passion for food – no matter how ‘unhealthy’ – makes a refreshing change from the pretentiousness of many food writers. She’s also unapologetic about her love of One Direction, the Kardashians, and junk food – her Twitter is a potent blend of these ingredients making for an incredibly satisfying addition to your timeline.
smile and whisper ‘i’m a witch’ to the next guy who comes onto you on the bus/street/tube — Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) January 21, 2015
Danielle Henderson @knottyyarn
Danielle Henderson is a busy woman – when she’s not writing for The New York Times and The Guardian or creating the hilarity that is Feminist Ryan Gosling, she’s keeping it real on Twitter with her tweets centring on race, class and gender.
What should I have lasered out of my body first?
– Chin hairs
– A couple of my 90s tattoos
— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) July 13, 2016
Gabby Noone @twelvoclocke Gabby Noone is a staff writer for Rookie magazine. Her (seriously underrated) Twitter will bring you the witty observations of an unapologetic millennial, as well as genius insights about how to manage smartphones after getting acrylics (rhinestone styluses, if you were wondering).
I hope in 10 yrs north west is a rookie reader & confronts her dad about some things she read in the “controversies” section of his wiki — Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) January 28, 2016
Rosie Fletcher @rosieatlarge
Rosie Fletcher is a young writer living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Her Twitter offers an entertaining mix of knitting, feminism, children’s literature, and her political views, in addition to offering her enlightening perspective on experiencing living with a disability.
On a train. A Frenchman and a Glaswegian have found it easier to communicate in Russian so maybe the European dream isn’t dead after all.
— Rosie Fletcher (@rosieatlarge) July 5, 2016
Kashana Cauley @kashanacauley Kashana Cauley is a writer whose tweets – even those centring on serious issues and situations – and are often loaded with withering sarcasm.
Rejected Superhero Idea #627: Opinion Man. When danger strikes he only appears to let you know he has a better opinion than you. — Kashana (@kashanacauley) July 9, 2016
Even if you aren’t already following this satirical account, chances are you’ve seen it retweeted a few times. Their tweets make fun of the frequent reasons cited by women who claim to be against feminism in the most ridiculous and hilarious way possible, shining a light on how insane it is for any woman to consider herself against feminism.
I don’t need femiim you can’t expect the government to do anything about gun control when there are so many women’s bodies to regulate #busy
— WomanAgainstFeminism (@NoToFeminism) October 1, 2015
Mara Wilson @MaraWritesStuff The star of ‘Matilda’ from all those years ago is now a super cool, super feminist, super funny queer writer. If you’re not already following her, you definitely should be.
FRIENDS: Maybe men just find you intimidating. ME: As they should. — Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) July 5, 2015
Naomi Ekperigin @Blacktress
Comedian and writer Naomi Ekperigin is as funny on Twitter as she is writing for the commercial and critical success Broad City. Her tweets are hilarious and relatable, but she doesn’t shy away from the big issues either.
About to shovel my steps and sidewalk. Wish me luck (that a sexist man offers to take over relatively quickly).
— Naomi (@Blacktress) January 24, 2016
Alison Leiby @AlisonLeiby Alison Leiby is a comedian and writer in New York whose tweets, particularly those of a feminist persuasion, are dripping with sarcasm, perfectly exposing and making light of some of the ridiculous stereotypes placed on women.
I’ve never done heroin but if it’s anything like the feeling of taking off a strapless bra, I’d be hooked. — Alison Leiby (@AlisonLeiby) May 29, 2016