OK Karen – The Casual Misogyny of Karen Memes

Karen: She's the woman that wants to speak to your manager, the mother you always avoid at the school gates, the woman driver that stole your parking place and possibly even your ex wife. Karen is outspoken, irritating, entitled and very opinionated. Star of a million memes; we all know 'a Karen' and we are probably all guilty of smirking at least a little when we recognise her in a meme. But beneath the 'lols' isn't this vilification of a middle-aged woman all a little misogynistic?

“This is what I want to do to you” – Dissecting the ‘POV ur a TERF in my mentions’ trend.

A young man stands in his bedroom posing in front of a mirror. In his left hand he holds a machete, he takes a photo. Satisfied with his snap he lifts the weapon in both hands poised to strike, his face contorts into one of malignant rage, he takes another photo.  Is this the latest ISIS recruit? A school shooter’s manifesto? A bad taste art project? No, this is 'POV ur a TERF in my mentions' the latest trend in trans activism.

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