#YesAllMen

By now you’ve probably heard the news about Elliot Rodger’s murderous rampage near Santa Barbara, CA that claimed the lives of six women and men and left several others injured. According to reports, Rodger’s violence was apparently fueled by his depression and hatred toward women. In a sprawling 137-page letter, Rodger promised to wage a “War on Women” because they “have starved me of sex for my entire youth, and gave that pleasure to other men.”

In his twisted manifesto, Roger threatened to kill sorority members of Alpha Phi because he felt they were the “most beautiful girls” at UCSB, but were “all spoiled, heartless, wicked bitches. They think they are superior to me, and if I ever tried to ask one on a date, they would reject me cruelly.”

Though it is clear Roger was a troubled individual—a fact known to his parents who apparently tried to intervene—his hateful Internet rants about punishing women have reignited a debate about violence against women.

Whenever conversations about misogyny, violence, and sexism come up women are often told that while some men may be abusive, “not all men” are. And while this is true, women are still harassed, murdered, and attacked–around the world—by men every single day.

Lauren Wolfe’s recent New York Times essay perfectly illustrates this idea. Writing about women who were raped and/or murdered while traveling alone, Wolfe interviewed one vendor who lamented about a decrease in tourism after photographer Sarai Sierra was killed in Istanbul, Turkey.

“The same things happen everywhere in the world and it does not affect tourism,” Mr. Haykiri said of Sierra’s muder. But he added: “If the woman does not flirt, a man would not attempt to do anything, any harassment. Everything starts with a woman.”

Unfortunately, this attitude isn’t relegated to some faraway place; it is alive right here in America.

One Twitter user, @GildedPpine decided to counter the “not all men” narrative with the #YesAllWomen hashtag to remind (or teach) others exactly what women face on a daily basis. Predictably, some men weren’t too keen on women speaking their minds and bullied @GildedSpine into locking her account as a result of their hateful tweets, thereby proving the point—and necessity—of the hashtag.

Take a look at some of the most poignant #YesAllWomen tweets:

  • spiderbucket

    And no word from the feminists about cultures where they stone you to death if you marry the wrong man or where a female reporter is gang raped in the streets or women are disfigured and raped as punishment. How about all those missing girls ? Your hashtags accomplish nothing. You don’t have shit to say about Kanye calling his wife a ‘perfect bitch’ either. You have selective outrage, which is worse than fake outrage.

  • spiderbucket

    Are the posters predominately black women ?

  • spiderbucket

    Thank you ! There are so many who try to legitimize porn while denying the impact that it has. It’s just too accessible now for kids who aren’t even seeking it out. I don’t understand why we can’t get a .xxx requirement for porn sites that parents and schools can use to black objectionable material ? I’m no prude but it’s pretty obvious that it’s altering kid’s perceptions about self and sexuality in a very negative way.

  • spiderbucket

    Me too but it never occurred to me to gag or ejaculate on my girlfriend’s face.

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