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Weinergate, slut-shaming, and right wing invalidation of women

I’m not going to lie, I’d like to be done talking about “Weinergate.” When the photo in question first emerged, I assumed it would blow over for the sheer ridiculousness of the whole thing. But it hasn’t, and it’s really illuminated how people on the right feel about younger women. So I still have something to say.

Let me get this out right away: I am one of the “young girls” that Anthony Weiner follows on Twitter. I won’t get into the details of that, because I have written about them elsewhere — at my personal blog as well as at a website I regularly write for. But to sum up: I follow him because of his speech at the Planned Parenthood rally in February, he follows me because I used the #WeinerYes hashtag, and I’ve never seen him tweet anything sexual, lewd or anything other than political and hilarious. Oh, and I don’t think of myself as a “young girl” because I’m 27.

But because I am on of the “Weiner girls,” my Twitter activity is suddenly open for scrutiny. Yes, I realize that by having a public feed on the site I am, in a way, always on display. But now, the activities of myself and the other women (just women, not the many men he also follows) Weiner follows are being shared and shamed by conservative users.

I have no problem with people disagreeing with articles I write. That ...