It wasn’t long after a leak prematurely exposed the U.S. Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade that social media became aflame with pro-abortion propaganda.
The main culprits? Woke white women, the same college-educated women who recently doubled down on their support for President Joe Biden despite endless crises stemming from his administration. Apparently, they can’t pass up the opportunity to hop on the politics bandwagon, even if they don’t know what they are talking about. As a result, social media feeds everywhere were flooded with flowery graphics featuring catchy, inaccurate phrases like “abortion is a human right” and “hands-off my uterus” from women who think wearing genital hats in the streets is an effective way to protest.
The same phenomenon happened last week shortly after a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Instagram and Facebook blew up with blasphemous posts stating “f-ck your thoughts and prayers” and art by activists calling for strict gun control.
One popular New Yorker cartoon on Instagram showed a man checking out at a store with multiple guns but only getting IDed for allergy medicine.
This is a completely false depiction of what is actually a lengthy and regulated process to purchase a firearm. Anyone who buys a gun from a federally licensed firearm dealer is required, at a minimum, to divulge her personal information on an ATF form and pass a background check conducted via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to take her new weapon home. Those are far more requirements than showing ID at a pharmacy counter, but the erroneous information from the same outlet that accused Republicans of having the blood of schoolchildren on their hands received more than 230,000 likes and thousands of shares anyway.
There’s a certain level of ignorance associated with sharing these posts, but one that’s predominantly found a home with women, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently claimed you can’t support life for babies in the womb and care about the Second Amendment.
“There is no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place. It is an idolatry of violence. And it must end,” she tweeted after news of the Uvalde shooting broke.
AOC gets cheers, likes, followers, and attention from the corporate press every time she tweets emotionally charged vilifications like this one. Women who are told to celebrate her as a female icon frequently repost her on their Instagram stories with the hopes of showing that they too care enough™ about whatever virtue-signaling campaign the left has dubbed important at the moment.
Unfortunately for doom scrollers, going emotionally crazy over politics on social media not only makes you look bad, but it makes you dumber and causes rifts in relationships. Polling suggests that Americans who rely on social media for their news and politics are overall less engaged and less knowledgeable.
All of that political posturing on social media such as reposting a black square to honor Black Lives Matter, a movement that grifted on the $90 million it raised following George Floyd’s death, or keeping a yellow and blue Ukraine flag in your bio doesn’t solve problems or create constructive dialogue. As a matter of fact, deranged, uninformed blubbering on social media polarizes communities and debilitates people from understanding key issues and having meaningful discussions. Reposting garbled rants and activist graphics only further eradicates the potential for independent thinking.
It’s popular to amplify inflammatory political language, especially when it’s parroted on social media, but doing so makes you and other women look ignorant and hardly has a true impact on the nation. It’s important to speak up, but when you do, speak for yourself, not using the words crafted by propagandists with an agenda on social media.