Yet another hashtag is taking over Twitter, and this time all women can relate, including Lena Dunham #YesAllWomen.
Mass outrage spread after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger’s rampage in California on Friday, when he killed seven people, including himself, in what’s believed to have been sparked by his hatred of women. His malicious acts spread another bout of ‘hashtivsm’, which lead the tag #YesAllWomen to trend all around the world with more than a million tweets so far. The hastag also acts in response to #NotAllMen, claiming that not all men are abusive or sexist.
Elliot aired his manifesto of hatred against women before carrying out his attacks, and aggressively emphasised his entitlement to them, following his bad experiencing when they refused to be with him. The candid misogynist previously revealed in a YouTube video, ‘You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice … I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.’
The simple hashtag has spread, connecting women from all around the world and highlighting opinions and fears shared by all women. The unsettling amount of horror stories and experiences by women stressed the widespread problems and hardships experienced by females in all walks of life.
One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush joined in tweeting, ‘I shouldn’t have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen.’
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham also joined in, saying, ‘In high school a very disturbed boy told me if I didn’t choose to love him he would make me, followed by a series of graphic threats…’, followed by … ‘My school handled it quickly and never questioned how I’d “provoked” him and it told me that I matter. I wish that for every woman.’ She later added, ‘Just gotta say, on the almost-summer’s day, I love you my brave web friends #YesAllWomen.’
Many tweets followed:
When a woman gets a position of power, many ask “Who’d she sleep with to get that job?” #YesAllWomen
#YesAllWomen have a right to their peace of mind & body. And that includes the right to not be stalked or killed by men who they may reject.
Because “friend zoned” implies that a woman is not free to refuse a man without being accused of exiling him “unfairly”. #YesAllWomen
Four days of a hashtag & men are hysterical because women keep talking about their gender. Imagine that every day since birth. #YesAllWomen
#YesAllWomen I shouldn’t be told to watch my drinks when I’m out bc of date-rape drugs. Men should be told NOT to date rape. Period.
#YesAllWomen because we spend twenty minutes having to think about what we want to wear so men don’t get the ‘wrong idea’.
Because just saying No isn’t enough, you need to add ‘I have a boyfriend…’ ‘I’m gay…’ ‘I just escaped from prison..’ #YesAllWomen
#YesAllWomen because we live in such a sad world that a hashtag has to be created for sexual harassment to be taken seriously.
#YesAllWomen because even a taped confession admitting to raping me wasn’t enough to put him in jail.
#YesAllWomen because we live in a society where we teach women how to avoid rape, but don’t teach men self-control.
#notallmen practise violence against women but #YesAllWomen live with the threat of male violence. Every. Single. Day. All over the world.
While no particular action has been taken, the hastag has highlighted some thought provoking responses. Have a look and share yours #YesAllWomen