Social Media Anxiety Disorder of the Week: The Activist Mommy’s Fundamental Breakdown

Posted by Christie Szymanowski | Aug 28, 2017 | Fake News, Social Media Anxiety Disorder of the Week | 0 |

Elizabeth Johnston, militant Christian and mother of 10 who would not be out of place as one of the wives in The Handmaid’s Tale, took to Facebook to burn a copy of Teen Vogue’s June edition, outraged by what she believes is the magazine’s attempt to steer teens away from God and to “homosexual sex.” 

Wide-eyed and rabid, she stares into her phone’s camera as she proclaims, “I cannot believe what this Teen Vogue piece of trash has printed in its June edition. They are teaching children… how to be safely sodomized.” 

The video, which has been viewed over 11 million times, has sparked tons of social anxiety, both from people who support Johnston’s message and those who oppose it. Currently, Johnson’s Facebook post has over 26,000 comments, ranging from the sane and rational posts like, “Hey, guys – this is just a clinical piece and not a big deal at all,” to “THE END IS NIGH LIBERALS ARE TURNING OUR CHILDREN INTO HOMOSEXUAL SODOMITES.” 

According to Folio Magazine, the average reader age of Teen Vogue is actually 23.8, despite the name of the magazine. Activist Mommy, on the other hand, suggests that it targets an “eleven to seventeen” demographic, but cites no source on where she got that number.

Phillip Picardi, a gay Teen Vogue editor who helped green-light the article, responded to the Activist Mommy’s post in a tweet storm, most notably stating, “The backlash of this article is rooted in homophobia. It’s also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today.” 

Picardi concluded his statement by writing: “…until queer sex, love, and families are included in education, we’re doing a dangerous and potentially lethal disservice to a growing population. Gen Z will be our queerest and most fearless generation yet.”

His final mic-drop, featuring a photo of two men kissing, with one flipping the Activist Mommy the bird, has received over 20,000 likes on Twitter.

The Activist Mommy was none too pleased with Picardi’s response, of course, and took it upon herself to get off to her perceived persecution. She captioned the Picture “Teen Vogue’s Response to Valid Concerns of Parents,” and stated, “It’s obvious that the Digital Editor, Phillip Picardi, doesn’t give a flip about what his readers’ parents think about teaching their kids to sodomize one another. #PullTeenVogue”

Unlike many social media freak-outs, The Activist Mommy’s post and call-to-arms has the potential to harm LGBTQ+ youth. Not only is burning any piece of media a disturbingly authoritarian act, but the fact that she’s using her deep-seeded homophobia (thinly masked as concern for impressionable youth) to persuade her audience only makes it all-the-more dangerous.

While debating the Activist Mommy and her followers is akin to arguing with a brick wall (just… don’t go there. I’ve tried. It makes you feel better, but not much else), there are plenty of ways you can positively react to your anxiety over her actions.

After discovering her Facebook page and ending up two months deep in posts, I decided to take all my pent-up anger and contribute to something positive. I closed out of Facebook, made a donation to the Human Rights Campaign, and went about my day.

So what did I learn from my own little journey through social media anxiety? Don’t feed the trolls, and don’t feed people’s misplaced persecution complexes.


If you or a loved one you know battles with Social Anxiety or any other Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.

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