The overall rise of feminism in the public's consciousness over the past few years has been the subject of some backlash, including the "men's rights activism" movement aimed at countering supposed feminist discrimination. Last week, Texas resident Adam Harris responded wonderfully to meninists on Twitter who mocked his wedding photos, in which Harris tearfully watches his to-be wife walk down the aisle at their ceremony.
Posted on the account @MeninistTweet, an account that publishes offensive bro jokes and uses personal photos without permission (like Harris'), the tweet's caption of a crying Harris in his wedding suit read: "He's thinking about all the side hoes he has to give up."
That same day, Harris responded with a retweet that included the comment: "Or I was thinking about my wife, but you know, do you."
Speaking to Rosalyn Warren at BuzzFeed News, Harris said that his wedding took place in September in Dripping Springs, Texas. He added:
"It was raining all day and windy. We were a bit afraid the ceremony wouldn't happen outdoors like we wanted it to but around noon the rain let up until the end of the ceremony. We agreed not to do the first look because we thought it would be more exciting to see each other for the first time during the ceremony.
When it came time in the ceremony for her to walk down the aisle our DJ played "Beautiful" by Meshell Ndegeocello and the doors above the stairs opened. When I saw her, I couldn't hold back feelings of excitement and love, she looked gorgeous. Our photographer, Dustin Finklestein, captured the moment perfectly."
Though his photos became a meme shortly after the wedding, Harris said that he brushed it off — until he saw this tweet and decided to respond.
Twitter users reacted to his cool, unruffled response with congratulations to the 23-year-old Austin resident and his wife Tisa on their marriage. It was both encouraging and heartening.
Interestingly, President Obama's personal Twitter account reportedly blocked @MeninistTweet, which, honestly, is a pretty good indication that you're doing it wrong.