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These Viral Tweets Perfectly Break Down Exactly Why Women Say, 'Men Are Trash'

You've probably heard the phrase "men are trash" before from someone. A viral twitter thread by a 17-year-old, who goes by Zion (@destinedzion), breaks down why this comment is so prevalent, and what it means.

"If you're one of the good guys this isn't for you, keep scrolling, this thread ain't about you," Zion tweeted immediately after her initial tweet on Tuesday.

As if anticipating the "not all men" argument, Zion made it clear her tweets weren't directed towards every man. Then, she broke down the double standards women go through every day, often resulting in some women proclaiming, that indeed, "men are trash."

As Zion pointed out, women are slut-shamed simply for their outfits, though there's no correlation between what a woman wears and who she sleeps with — and even if there were, it's not up for anyone to judge.

Even Ariana Grande found herself the target of slut-shaming, and from a "fan," because she was comfortable with showing her body in a music video. After someone called her a "whore" on her Facebook page in April 2016, Grande stepped in:

"When will people stop being offended by women showing skin / expressing sexuality? men take their shirts off / express their sexuality on stage, in videos, on instagram, anywhere they want to... all. the. time. the double standard is so boring and exhausting. with all due respect, i think it's time you get your head out of your ass. ♡ woman can love their bodies too!! ♡"

She went on to point out double standards women face:

And how some men attempt to police women's bodies:

She went on to write:

Then, there's the issue of fragile masculinity:

This sentiment was perfectly exemplified in a viral tweet from a man on May 30 who posted a photo of his hand with the following text: "If your nails doesn't look like this you are ain't straight my guy."

As ATTN: previously reported on Tuesday regarding the tweet, "the tweet revealed the stereotypes still held about gay men — and about masculinity. A gay man can have dirty fingernails and a straight man can have clean fingernails. A job that requires working outdoors or with your hands doesn't determine sexuality, nor does it define masculinity."

Yet, this attitude persists.

Zion also touched on the double standards women face when it comes to sex — and abortion:

And because the decisions made about women's bodies in the government are made mostly by men, this is especially infuriating.

Plus, there's the issue of responsibility, and how it's seemingly always placed on the woman:

Rather than focus on raising men not to harass women, we focus, instead, on how we can tell women not to be harassed. This is part of rape culture.

The notion of placing blame on women was illustrated in a comic from Robot Hugs about rape culture and dating. "It’s important to remember that society very often places the responsibility for preventing harassment, stalking, assault and abuse on women, femmefolk, and other groups who are likely to experience sexual/intimate violence or assault," they write in the comic.

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Skipping ahead a bit (it's a long Twitter thread), Zion tackles the "friend zone" trope:

And also, nudes:

Which she also ties into the recent Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian incident, in which Kardashian leaked private nude photos of Chyna in order to publicly shame her.

Just because a woman chooses to strip doesn't mean she is always choosing to show her naked body — she has rights on her own body, the same as anyone else. Showing her naked body at one point in time is not blanket consent to have her nude photos leaked for everyone. Nonconsensual porn, aka, "revenge porn," is never OK. And in California, it's illegal.

The thread continues, and covers everything from plastic surgery-shaming to catcalling.

At one point, Zion even took a break to continue the thread the next day, because, "this thread could go on forever tbh." So we'll close with this:

Or as Brock Turner's father said, a jail sentence for his son would be "a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action."

In conclusion?

Read the entire Twitter thread starting here.