IT HAS BEEN NEARLY A WEEK since 22-year-old privileged California college student Elliot Rodger posted this video before going on a shooting rampage through Isla Vista. Rodger murdered 6 students (including the three men who were found stabbed to death in his apartment) and wounded 13, before committing suicide in his luxury BMW.
In his chilling YouTube video, Elliot wonders why women are not attracted to him, and cites their disinterest as the reason for his “day of retribution,” when he will “have revenge against humanity” and all of the women who “treated him like scum” even though he was the “perfect guy…the supreme gentleman.” He warns that on this day, he will enter the “hottest sorority” at the University of California Santa Barbara and “slaughter every single spoiled stuck-up blonde slut” that he sees in there.
The killing spree immediately sparked a Twitter campaign in which hundreds of thousands have expressed that #YesAllWomen have experienced some form of harassment, discrimination, and/or violence in their lives.
#YesAllWomen Because I sometimes forget that I've been groped, bullied and verbally abused by men. It seems SO normal.
— Emma Osborne (@redscribe) May 28, 2014
The #YesAllWomen hashtag has been used well over 1 million times and includes responses from around the globe.
#YesAllWomen because in Malaysia they make a big fuss about finding pork DNA in chocolate than jailing 30 men who raped a 15 year old girl
— Alicia Amin (@AliciaAmin) May 28, 2014
The campaign has served as an outlet for women and men alike to share their experiences with misogyny. Many of the tweets detail extremely personal instances, often describing rape, fear, sexual harassment, and victim blame.
Because I now wear shorts under dresses in crowded bars after being groped and even penetrated by unseen hands. #YesAllWomen
— Laura (@LauraLikesWine) May 25, 2014
"I have a boyfriend" is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen
— Ariel Filion (@ArielFilion) May 27, 2014
The cops who asked me "Well, what were you wearing?" when I reported an attack and attempted rape. #YesAllWomen
— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) May 25, 2014
I've spent 19 yrs teaching my daughter how not to be raped. How long have you spent teaching your son not to rape? #yesallwomen
— Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) May 24, 2014
The Twitter campaign has seen some criticism, with the hashtag #NotAllMen popping up in response. However, the New York City branch of the National Organization of Women had this to say,
— NOW-NYC (@NOW_NYC) May 28, 2014
The #YesAllWomen campaign has been successful in putting a relatable face to modern feminism. Many questions have been posed and countless examples of struggle have been given. Now it’s up to us to take another step toward resolution.
Unfortunately we all have a lot of these stories. If you're tired of hearing them, imagine how tired we are of living them. #yesallwomen
— Anne DeAcetis (@annedeacetis) May 28, 2014
Have you participated in the #YesAllWomen campaign? Where do you think the revolution should go next?