No, not all men channel frustration over romantic rejection into a killing spree. But yes, all women experience harassment, discrimination or worse at some point in their lives. That’s the message at the core of an ongoing Twitter conversation that emerged after a rampage last week that left six students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, dead and wounded 13 others.
Although Rodger is obviously an extreme case, his sense of male sexual entitlement resonated widely with women. The hashtag #YesAllWomen was born and became the label under which women shared their experiences with male entitlement.
Through Twitter, women speaking out against the brutal shooting in Isla Vista have found a common voice.
Hashtags Have Power
” I found following the hashtag to be raw, disturbing, thought-provoking, challenging and many other things besides. In other words, the best kind of discussion. And now it’s up to me and everyone else who took part to put some of those feelings into action”
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Men were surprised by #YesAllWomen because men don’t see what women experience.
The Wiki edits matter because Wikipedia has a massive problem with sexism. These edits reflect the very issues of gender violence, intimidation and power that the #YesAllWomen hashtag is trying to address
The #YesAllWomen hashtag has seen a remarkable, and valuable outpouring from women highlighting many forms of misogyny. But it’s being capsized by trivial tweeters, and can we be sure misogyny was the root of Elliot Rodger’s actions?
Not All Men