#YesAllWomen: Women Tweet Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated
Friday night, six people were killed in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, by Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old bent on “retribution” for his lack of success with girls. Rodger died as well from, police believe, a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Various YouTube videos, internet forum comments, and a 140-page manifesto (which I read in full) sent to a local news station reveal the misogyny behind Rodger’s violent mass murder. Rodger felt he deserved sex, love, adulation and devotion from women, for no reason other than his perceived belief that he was a “gentleman,” and that women should die for denying him that. The mental state that led him to actually commit that violence is a subject that should be addressed but not as a distraction from the misogyny that fueled it. Why? Because women everywhere — YES, ALL WOMEN — deal with this denial of their full personhood every day. This shared experience is what prompted the hashtag #YESALLWOMEN, featuring women’s stories of their personal autonomy being violated in ways “big” and “small,” and the ways we’re forced to protect ourselves from these violations. It is incredibly powerful and I urge you all to look through the hashtag here.