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Maybe He Doesn’t Hit You: Twitter Talks Emotional Abuse

Abuse is not sexy. Abuse is not love. Abuse is abuse.

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Maybe He Doesn’t Hit You: Twitter Talks Emotional Abuse
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“Abuse is not sexy. Abuse is not love. Abuse is abuse,” reads one tweet under the trending hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou.

As a follow-up to the viral social media movements #MeToo and #TimesUp, #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou attempts to collate stories of different kinds of abuse, besides physical harm, experienced by women.

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Hashtag With a History

A quick Google search reveals that #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou originally went viral in 2016 when writer and artist Zahira Kelly narrated her experience of emotional abuse on Twitter.

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The hashtag has resurfaced not only in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp but also because of singer and actress Rihanna’s calling out of Snapchat for a “Would You Rather?” ad.

The ad had two options: "Slap Rihanna" or "Punch Chris Brown." Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 to beating Rihanna during an argument while they were dating.

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Another possible reason for the resurfacing of the hashtag is a short film posted by French Creek Films on YouTube. The film is “a short monologue about one woman's experience of an abusive relationship”.

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Abuse Is Abuse: Women on Twitter

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou has been steadily trending on Twitter since February with women recording their experiences of abuse and extending support to their fellow survivors.

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#MaybeSheDoestHitYou: Men Write Back

As expected — remember #NotAllMen? — there is also a counter hashtag as men write back about the abuse that they have suffered.

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Every Story is Important

Barring the clash of hashtags, here’s some important takeaways from the trend, as pointed out by Twitterati.

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Topics:  Feminism   Domestic Violence   Misogyny 

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