The hashtag #QuestionsForAProstitute started trending today on Twitter and many users are enraged over the “sexist and vile” way social media is treating sex workers.
The trending topic comes just over a week after Twitter started enforcing expanded rules cracking down on hate speech.
A handful of users are jokingly tweeting out questions about money, condoms and Donald Trump, but many more are raking Twitter over the coals for allowing what they’re calling a “misogynistic” and “degrading” hashtag that turns vulnerable human beings into punchlines.
When will Twitter stop encouraging sexual harassment question hashtags?#QuestionsForAProstitute
— JackReacher (@DCjusticeseeker) December 29, 2017
If you’re wondering how people grow entitled to treat women as less than, look no further than #QuestionsForAProstitute trending on @Twitter. It’s sexist and vile. THIS is how people get permission to degrade women. @Twitter, shame on you for letting it go.
— Rachel Simmons (@RachelJSimmons) December 29, 2017
#QuestionsForAProstitute Congratulations @Twitter for opening the door to slut-shaming & giving low-lives permission to do it.
So what does qualify as abusive & harmful? How about targeted harassment? These are your rules!
— Jackie Zbuska (@jackZbuska) December 29, 2017
Every god damn stereotype imaginable is catered for in that hashtag and I just…I can't.
Shame on @twitter
— KateOnTheGo (@KateOnTheGo) December 29, 2017
Several women who identify as sex workers are among those tweeting their disgust at the hashtag.
So #QuestionsForAProstitute is trending with mostly degrading, insulting and uneducated remarks, which Twitter is fine with. Yet many women who post englintening thoughts on the subject are #Shadowbanned . Hmm, social media doesn't make sense lol#sexwork #escort #mindblown
— Courtney Powers (@Courtney_5295) December 29, 2017
Me: Gets a ton of stuff done. Cleaned, filmed & released a new vid, drew up a f-ing font for my work! Feeling great about life & accomplished.
Logs into twitter and sees #QuestionsForAProstitute and realizes no matter what I do people will make jokes about raping and killing me.
— Ełiƶa⛧Ƀaŧħoɍψ (@ElizaBathory666) December 29, 2017
#QuestionsForAProstitute who made this hashtag ? and who thought this was funny? Whether you all "vanilla" folks get it or not.. sex work is work. I have a family, Im educated and I run two other businesses. Grow up ! This is a disgusting hashtag. We arent the TV version youre
— Seductive Storm VIP☔SouthEast's Ebony BBW (@supergirlstorm) December 29, 2017
The Blast has reached out to Twitter for comment — so far, no word back.
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