California Shooting Sparks Important Dialogue About Misogyny With The #YesAllWomen Twitter Campaign

The people's response to Elliot Rodger's horrifying acts and misogynist video

The tragic news of the shooting in California, which left six people dead, and the disturbing YouTube video that pre-empted Elliot Rodger’s vicious attacks have sparked a very important conversation about misogyny via Twitter with the hashtag #YesAllWomen.

Prior to the horror that ensued in Santa Barbara, California on Friday evening, the troubled 22-year old posted a chilling video about his misogynist motivations behind the attacks, blaming the women who had rejected him over the years.

‘I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman.’ Rodger says.

The horrifying clip has caused many people to use Twitter to vent their frustrations that violence, degradation and objectification are still issues for women in the 21st century.

#YesAllWomen has kicked off a worldwide conversation with women and men sharing their experiences of confronting, hiding from or defeating misogyny.

Many celebrities have joined in the discussion, including Sophia Bush and Lena Dunham, who shared her own experience with a classmate who would not take ‘no’ for an answer.

This conversation is just a stepping stone to increasing awareness about the hardships women face on a daily basis. 

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of these tragic events. 

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