Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes anybody mad <3

Sorry we missed last month’s edition! We were ashore with TNW2020 which was a adorable success. In the meantime, Cara and Gigi have been obsessively inhaling  , and Anouk fell off her bike, fucked up her foot, and then passed out on her bath floor.

Each month, our advantageously gifted designer, Saïna, illustrates a weird comment or tweet we accept from one of TNW’s misogynistic, or just funny, readers. This month’s comes from an aggressively feminist tweeter:

We love this energy. So much so, that we made an analogy to match:

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Speaking of aggressively feminist tweeters, don’t forget to follow us @byte_me!

For the past few months, we’ve been allurement you all to reply to this newsletter to tell us how much you love us — and we heard nothing.

We were distraught. We even anticipation for a second that you  not love us. Antic right? Apparently, anyone who replied to this newsletter was bounced back. We fixed it so now we’ll get your love letters. Thank you to Katrien for cogent us!!!

the bloody news

  • “For women, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg brings a accurate grief.” The story of RBG’s complicated but important legacy, from The New York Times.
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  • Meet Nadeen Ashraf, the 22-year-old behind Egypt’s growing #MeToo Movement. (NYT)
  • “There was so much queer arete in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show.” There was also so much Rihanna excellence. (them)
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  • This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna, who apparent the CRISPR gene alteration tool for ‘rewriting the code of life.’ That’s all? Pfft. (CNN)
  • Megan Thee Stallion wrote an op-ed for The New York Times: “Why I speak up for Black women.”
  • The New York Times profiled Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, who represents a new kind of conservativism. Here’s an op-ed from The Daily Beast’s Editor-at-large, Molly Jong-Fast: “Amy Coney Barrett will be the most anti-woman woman ever on the court.”
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  • Petra De Sutter has been named Europe’s first transgender Deputy Prime Minister. (Advocate)

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  • On Tuesday, a carve of Medusa captivation a man’s burst head was apparent in Manhattan, and hailed as a symbol of #MeToo. The carve is now under fire for advancement beauty standards, its fabulous inaccuracies, and its male creator. (NYT)
  • WAP made history.
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  • Chrissy Teigen recently lost her baby due to complications during childbirth. After about administration the news on social media, she was attacked by trolls. Elizabeth Gulino wrote for Refinery29 on how administration grief about can help with healing.
  • Dutch Review: There are more Dutch CEOs called “Peter” than female CEOs, a truly black survey finds.
  • We loved this contour of Michaela Coel for Garage.
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  • Nüshu is China’s ancient, secret, female-only accent that has been passed down from mother to babe for centuries. (BBC)
  • CNN: Jane Fraser has just been named CEO of Citi, making her the first woman to lead a major US bank.
  • If you don’t follow Nigerian comedian Elsa Majimbo, you need to. Click here for the only iPhone review that matters.

that’s what she said: Should we talk about female politicians’ clothes?

Georgina: It’s kinda fun to talk about clothes — but I do also think that it’s antic how much female politicians have think pieces accounting about their pantsuits.  

Cara: Yeah, I do enjoy talking about clothes too, but the double accustomed of how we never talk about male politicians’ clothes is crazy. But the way most men dress is boring and I do love a power suit but not when it’s worn by a Tory.

Anouk: Actually, not sure if that’s true, at least not for Dutch politics. Our Minister of Health wore these shoes and it was civic news.

Georgina: I do wonder if we talk about women’s clothes more partially because women just have way more options? Like a lot of men’s apparel are really agnate — if they were accustomed to accurate themselves with clothes in the same way women are, maybe it would also be more of a communicative topic.

the best and the worst

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The best
“Follow your passion!”

The worst
“Don’t do science – science isn’t for girls.”

tweets of the month

word of the month: LinkedIncel

Next up:

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Remember when incels would mostly reside in the dark, stinky corners of Reddit and 4chan? They’ve now baffled your father’s admired social network, LinkedIn.

To bound brace your memory, incels are ‘involuntary celibates,’ people (let’s face it, mainly men) who accept they can’t get laid because they’re not adorable enough. Most of them hate women. Some of them shoot up arcade malls.

An incel with a LinkedIn contour might not take it that far — they’re focused on their careers, after all — but that doesn’t mean they can’t hit on random women via Linkedin messages.


In a recent piece for Fast Company, author Katie Fiore signals a advancing new trend on the social platform: women users are more ambidextrous with aggravation and misogyny.

Fiore researched the reactions to accessories posted by The Female Lead, an online belvedere that focuses on female leadership. She noted that,

 “…many of the comments were filled with derision, marginalization and even absolute hate directed at the female accountable of the post. Comments from able men whose pictures, names, and places of work were arresting for anybody to see. Men who felt so adequate with their misogyny that they were empowered to share it on a belvedere for professionals advised to help us beforehand our networks and careers.”

And the misogyny on LinkedIn isn’t just hiding in comments and DMs — it’s also in the agreeable itself. Last week, this post landed on our feed:


In accession to being astern and demeaning — which, for the record, is acicular out by many readers in the comments — why is this post even on LinkedIn?

It’s pretty ironic to advance that all women should devote their lives to homemaking; the one job you won’t find on LinkedIn. Also, what the hell are safety pads, and why would women need men to buy them?

What’s LinkedIn doing about all this? According to a recent blog post, the belvedere will be rolling out some ‘anti-harassment’ appearance this fall. Before publishing new posts, users will be reminded to account the guidelines and keep it professional. Direct letters that are deemed inappropriate by LinkedIn’s algorithm will show up with a warning:

While such a affection lowers the barrier for users to report exceptionable advances, LinkedIn is cryptic about what will happen after reporting; just that it will take “appropriate actions.”

And, as Fiore states in her Fast Company article, these tools don’t seem to accede the basal issue: that it’s mainly women who need to deal with this crap. They’re on LinkedIn to added their able careers, and now they have to become full-time moderators, too?

So, a closing note to the men: stop using LinkedIn to hit on women. If you come across a pretty contour picture, no need to tell her about it. And please,  don’t send unsolicited dick pics via inMail. Nobody accustomed you for being a affecting little pervert.

How to use it in a sentence:

“Welcome to LinkedIncels Anonymous,” said Tom. “A networking club where business professionals can rub elbows and share belief about sexual rejection.”

“This bitch still hasn’t accustomed my LinkedIn request,” Jim scowled. “It’s like she thinks I’m a LinkedIncel — feminism has really ruined business networking.”

“Nah, I’m not on Reddit anymore,” said self-acclaimed LinkedIncel George Howard. “I prefer my Stacys and Beckys in proper business attire.”

“I WISH I COULD ENDORSE HER FOR BEING A WHORE,” LinkedIncel Alan screamed, after he saw Linda affiliated with Bob.


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