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On Friday a young man took the lives of seven people, including himself, in a shooting and stabbing rampage in Isla Vista, California, a beach town adjacent to University of California, Santa Barbara.
Some details about the young man, identified by family and police as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, emerged from a 141-page manifesto, and a slew of disturbing YouTube videos, culminating with one titled “Elliot Rodger’s Day of Retribution.” These written and videoed testimonies paint a terrifying picture of an entitled, disturbed, misogynistic young man.
As my colleague Katie McDonough pointed out, it is difficult to tease out the one factor that left six innocent men and women dead — availability of firearms, some form of mental illness, deep rooted misogyny. And maybe they don’t pain a full picture.
But she also rightly pointed out that as the fight for tighter gun laws, and better mental healthcare systems reignites, there must be a conversation about violence against women. A conversation that defines women as human beings, not as objects.
The Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen, which began trending yesterday, has already begun this important conversation. It reminds us that sexism and misogyny exist — in angry, threatening emails, in the workplace, on twitter, in the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls.
A sample of #YesAllWomen tweets can be read below:
Twitter can be superficial, misleading and noisy. But sometimes important things can happen. Just read #YesAllWomen— Mark Crowley (@rateldajer) May 25, 2014
Because the use of date rape drugs is a REAL crime, not a joke. #YesAllWomen— Karen Finney (@finneyk) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen because when a girl is harassed or even groped by a stranger in public, we're told to "take it as a compliment"— Amy (@bottrill) May 25, 2014
This #YesAllWomen hashtag. exists because women are marginalized, gaslighted, threatened for standing up and daring to be treated better.— Jason Carlin (@the2scoops) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen because I don't want my 8 yo daughter growing up in a world where "boys will be boys" aka abusers, rapists, misogynists, etc.— kmr. (@bygracenotgod) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen are sick of men never understanding that feminism is no more or less than women wanting equality— Casey Leneve (@caseyleneve) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen because we live in a society where men are taught to internalise misogynistic behaviour and women are taught to expect it.— Sophie B-B (@Lady_Bonbons) May 25, 2014
you teach your daughters how to protect themselves but don't teach your sons about consent #YesAllWomen— ❁ (@kimberleyansell) May 25, 2014
If you don't view sexism as a problem think about the 230 Nigerian women who were kidnapped just for getting an education. #YesAllWomen— Morgan Crowe (@morgcc) May 25, 2014
Because what a woman can do with her own body is still a common political debate. #YesAllWomen— Sandstorm (@tokyoalice) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen should be able to talk about misogyny, and deeply personal experiences of it, without men whining we're generalizing them.— Christine of Aaargh (@cdaargh) May 25, 2014
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Sarah Gray.