Why #YesAllWomen is This Week's Most Important Hashtag
"...Don't tell me I should smile more."
By Hallie Gould
Elliot Rodger (pictured above) planned and executed a mass shooting on Friday night, killing six people and injuring several. Even more disturbing, Rodger uploaded a series of selfies and YouTube videos on Friday afternoon detailing his plans for "retribution" against girls who weren't attracted to him.
Once news broke about his violent crimes and vicious words against women, the hashtag #YesAllWomen began trending on Twitter as a way for women to respond to those defending Rodger, but ultimately it turned into a much larger dialogue to bring attention to the very apparent (but often ignored) safety issues women face every day.
Much like the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, users on Twitter have employed the popularity of the social media outlet to highlight pressing issues. See below for some of the most recent conversation:
because I'm taught to just "ignore it" when a random man whistles at me, but he isn't taught not to do things like that #YesAllWomen lexA (@alexaa_mariie) May 27, 2014
Not ALL men harass women. But ALL women have, at some point, been harassed by men. Food for thought. #YesAllWomen Adelaide Kane (@AdelaideKane) May 27, 2014
If your first instinct is to argue with #YesAllWomen and not empathize, you're part of the problem. justjules (@sandvig_julie) May 27, 2014
Because we are told that 'boys will be boys' - as if men can't and shouldn't take responsibility for their actions. #yesallwomen Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) May 27, 2014
#YESALLWOMEN because people think I'm bossy and PMSing when I express my opinions. Aimee [Aw-Mee] Song (@AIMEESONG) May 27, 2014
#YesAllWomen because there's never been a debate over whether or not a man means No when he says it. Casey (@pari_passu) May 27, 2014
#YesAllWomen because women have to avoid eye-contact with men in public in order not to "lead them on" Kaylee Anna (@_KayleeAnna_) May 27, 2014
#YesAllWomen Because I am so tired of women having to learn rules for safety when men should be learning rules for behaviour. pocahontas (@_SwavyMami) May 27, 2014
No but seriously, don't tell me I should smile more. #YesAllWomen SOPHIA AMORUSO (@Sophia_Amoruso) May 27, 2014