22 Important Tweets From #YesAllWomen

The #YesAllWomen hashtag is providing a space for women to share their experiences with sexism and misogyny in the wake of the UCSB shooting.

The #YesAllWomen hashtag is providing a space for women to share their experiences with sexism and misogyny in the wake of the UCSB shooting.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all weekend, you’ve heard about the UCSB shooting.  22-year old University of California, Santa Barbara student Eliot Rodger allegedly murdered six individuals in a stabbing and shooting spree before killing himself. He planned the attack as his “day of retribution” and vowed to torture and kill everyone who made him feel insignificant, notably women who never gave him a chance. In a videotaped rant right before the massacre, he said:

“College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure, but in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness, it’s not fair…I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it…I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB. And I will slaughter every spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there…I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you…If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you.”

Let it be known that Eliot Rodger was a guy who considered himself a men’s rights activist, which definitely seems to coincide with his deep seeded hatred for women. People are quick to cite mental health problems as the root of this tragedy, which only perpetuates the notion that mentally ill people are violent and violent people are automatically mentally ill. Neither is true. Besides, it’s ridiculous to ignore the role that misogyny, sexism and male entitlement has played into this incident. Sure, Rodgers allegedly murdered men as well as women in his rampage, but let’s not lose sight of the root of his anger: Girls not having sex with him, admiring him or treating him like a god.

Does this sound familiar? How many of you have been harassed by men on the street for not smiling, not offering your phone number or not appreciating their advances? How many of you have been guilt tripped by your friends for not giving some guy a chance?

This is a problem that so many girls and women experience on a regular basis. That, on top of fearing our unattended drinks, hoping that a guy we go on a date with isn’t secretly a rapist/murderer and the dozens of little things we do to reassure ourselves of our safety from violent men really says a lot about how normalized we’ve become to the notion that we, as women, are constant targets.

In an act of solidarity, thousands of women- have united to add their stories about sexism and fear to the #YesAllWomen tag since the UCSB shooting. It was started by a young Muslim woman who tweeted, “Guys, I’m going to be tweeting under the #YesAllWomen hashtag. Let’s discuss what ‘not all men’ might do, but women must fear.” She has since deleted her Twitter account. But after nearly four it is still the top trending tags on Twitter, garnering nearly two million tweets. There have been an unbelievable number of powerful tweets in this tag so we, unfortunately, can’t list them all. But here are 20 that really drive the point home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which other amazing tweets from the #YesAllWomen tag caught your eye? What are your overall feelings about the shooting? Tell us in the comments.

 

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  • kristin

    Mels has a point (in my opinion) because while mental illness is not the sole cause it is most probably a contributing factor. that being said it is also important to remember that it is very rare for there to be one sole cause for events. I am not defending the media or the normalcy of misogyny, I am merely stating my opinion. and it seems that opinions can be wrong on this site, par example, ashley’s response to Mels’s expression of her opinion is ridiculous. opinions are neither right nor wrong. if thy don’t correspond to your personal morals tough – they are still entitled to have and press them.

  • Dara B

    My god that is just terrible. I haven’t been in the U.S for a few days so I’m just now hearing about this. But, Ashley’s right. Just because someone goes on a rampage doesn’t mean they have a mental condition. This guy who lived a block from me raped 13 girls in one week and no one had connected the assaults to him until three months into the investigation. He grew up in a happy home, had healthy relationships, went to Penn State on a scholarship, the whole nine yards. And yet, when he was evaluated (even CATscanned) they couldn’t detect anything out of the norm. Sometimes, humans act primitvely because that’s what we are. We have jobs, houses, relatives, social lives, technology, but in the end, we are really just monkeys who still have the mindset to act like damn animals. We just need something to trigger it. Maybe that was this guy’s case. His brain could have been just fine, and one day he decided to go off the deep end, and what triggered it was rejection. Sometimes, there is no excuse for a person going crazy. They just do it just because.

  • Ida

    We need this because when I was at a competition and a following up camp in Germany the boys in my team thought they could trade us with boys of other teams to get girl from that country in exchange, as if they owned us.

  • Nia

    #YesAllWomen because @TheOnion called Quvenzhané Wallis a “little cunt” and no one even batted an eye.

    #YesAllWomen because you don’t know which guys aren’t “like that” until it’s too late.

    Because, “What do you expect?” is a response to my complaint about being groped by a random white dude at a bar on my 21st #YesAllWomen

    Because even after being found in violation of sexual misconduct, the university didn’t even suspend him #YesAllWomen

    Because girls are forced to wear pants to school in the summer instead of teaching boy’s that our bodies aren’t objects #YesAllWomen

    Because my supervisors were already sexist and racist pigs, there was no point in reporting for co-worker for sexual harassment #YesAllWomen

    • mels

      Yes because those issues need to hit the spotlight in the wake of a MASS MURDER. Yep those are the real societal issues at the moment. Not saying they’re not issues just saying they aren’t important in the wake of murders due in large part to mental illness. I don’t understand why people think misogyny is the main issue here.

      • mels

        By the way the onion is satire. They were attempting to be funny. Sorry if it offends you, but guess what? That’s life. Don’t be a little twerp call the political correctness police and the femenist army. Calling a 9 year old that is too far but it was in humor. That is all. Funny tee hee haha. Knee slapping. Lols. Laughs. Giggles. You might have heard of those things in overly sensitive feminist land.

  • mels

    What happened to those people was horrible. It was depressing and uncalled for. But you know what? Everyone is acting like it’s the end of the world for women everywhere, it’s not. What it is is a wake up call to take notice of mental illness. A mental illness caused by a chemical imbalance (asbergers) and we as society can’t control that only a team of mental professionals can. I’m sorry that women get catcalled (I never have) because it sounds like it sucks, but you know what? That’s life. You walk past it not dwell on it. I’m sorry people feel guilty for friend zoning guys but they shouldn’t. Maybe the guy is a little too vocal about how much it sucks for someone you truly care about to not reciprocate those feelings, because it does. Every guy I’ve ever truly liked has friend zoned me and it sucks but I internalize it and move on, some people don’t do that and if you feel guilty that’s a personal problem. I’m not saying none of these things are true but what I’m saying is sometimes people can’t handle what they’re feeling and their disease attacking them. So don’t fly off the handle all oh crap every guy that ever cat called me is out to get me. Bad stuff happens it’s part of life.

    • So this is a wake up call to take notice of mental illness but not a wake up call to take notice to how misogynistic our society is? Why is there always an assumption that every mass murder (well, ones done by white/white passing people) are due to mental illness? Most mentally ill people aren’t violent. You don’t have to be mentally ill to be violent and we have no idea whether or not his alleged Aspergers had anything to do with these murders. Plenty–hell, MOST–people with Aspergers are not prone to violence. What we DO know is that he hated women and wanted to punish them. So he decided to gun some women down. He. Hated. Women. And we shouldn’t have to accept a world in which that fact is brushed aside as a simple fact of life instead of being challenged.

      • mels

        Yes Ashley because if all men worshipped at the feet of women life would be a heck of a lot easier. He does hate women and if you read his manifesto you would see the reasons behind it. I’m not defending him by the way. Anyway in this manifesto it appears that he has a slew of mental illnesses (in my opinion) including narcissistic personality disorder, maybe paranoid schizophrenia etc. Anyway, femenists keep making everything about misogyny. It’s getting out of control. Sometimes, things aren’t about misogyny. You see in this case, everyone is making it out to seem like because he did this every guy is going to. I can think of better examples of misogyny in society than a crazy guy killing women. It’s unfortunate really that we use this veil of misogyny for everything. Someone walks into a store only to find that they don’t sell bras for a bigger chested women. Must be our misogynistic society! He was MENTALLY ILL and misogynistic but clearly the misogyny is more important than the multiple cases if untreated and under treated cases of mental illness across the country. So even more people can run around like this freely. Good Lord. I’m so sorry I refused to recognize the importance of it. Also, black people can be mentally ill as well… But you know institutionalized racism is less important than misogyny. Challenge misogyny! I encourage it, but not to the extreme. The extreme being where everything is misogynistic and all of the other real issues are swept under the rug in attempt to appease staunch femenists.

    • bruh

      Aspergers is a DISORDER, not a mental illness.

  • demirep7989

    I was so shocked when I heard about the shooting and I’m a feminist and I heavily believe in equal rights and I believe in the radical notion that women are people. <3 Rape is never okay and we don't 'owe' anyone sexual wise. No means no. And I'm tired of the media sugar coating things. People need to know real facts so that they have a better opinion and understanding.

  • Janice

    I highly recommend a website called “The Everyday Sexism Project”, which has collected thousands of real stories regarding sexism, rape culture and gender based discrimination in general.

    • Yes! That site is brill. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Maren

    How about #yesallwomen because when I was watching the news, they immediately jumped to mental illness (furthering the idea that a mental illness = violent) and violent video games being the cause of this shooting. They cut out the parts about how he felt women owed him. They were already defending him.

    • Ugh, I wish I was surprised. This man clearly had motive, he didn’t hide it, and yet the media wants to act as if his hatred for women wasn’t significant? Absolutely ridiculous.