Inspiring #YesAllWomen Movement Emerges In Wake Of UCSB Shooting

hashtag
Since Friday night's tragic shooting in Santa Barbara, in which six people were killed and seven more were injured, disturbing details have emerged about shooter Elliot Rodgers' misogynistic worldview. The 22-year-old used a life of rejection by women he desired to rationalize his rampage, as evidenced by the countless videos and the 141-page manifesto he left behind.
Advertisement
While it would be erroneous to give any serious credence to the ramblings of a mentally ill individual, his feeling of entitlement towards women is part of a larger problem. In direct reaction to Rodgers' misogyny, women around the world have taken to social media to share their experiences in a culture where they often feel unsafe, by using the hashtag #YesAllWomen.
"#YesAllWomen because when we're offended at something we are told we are 'too sensitive' & 'it was a joke' rather than given an apology," wrote @postirl. "Because every single woman I know has a story about a man feeling entitled to access to her body. Every. Single. One. #YesAllWomen," added @emilyhughes.
The hashtag, which was named in response to the Not All Men meme, has been a call to arms for women who often feel unsafe a patriarchal culture.
“#YesAllWomen is important because a lot of very good guys just don't know what it's like to walk around in a female body," Writer and comedian Sara Benincasa told The Daily Beast. "They don’t know what it's like to live with the constant nagging threat of sexual violence every time we walk to our cars alone in a parking garage, or walk down the street at night to pick up food for our kids. They don't know what it’s like to get grabbed, poked, and prodded in public by strangers who are bigger and stronger than we are. Being a woman can be really scary, and if more guys realized it, they might modify their own behavior or call their friends out on bad behavior.”
The movement has also empowered women who often times are unwilling to share how they feel, according to Benincasa. “Seeing one woman share her story can give another woman the idea that it is safe to do so.”
Advertisement

More from Pop Culture

If Rob Kardashian needs to get in touch with his little sister, he's going to have to send his message through another Kardashian. Rob has revealed that ...
For any outsider, it seems impossible to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, some new details have ...
Let's play a game. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a superhero outfit. Are you wearing a red, white, and blue bodysuit with a gold headband-cum-...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
Some twentysomethings are all about enjoying the single life. Others can't wait to settle down. Nicole Kidman happened to be the latter. The 49-year-old...
Word to the wise: Should you ever become acquainted with any of the Kardashians, don't give out your phone number. Better yet, pretend you're on The Wire ...
Earlier this week, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts announced their separation, ending their 11-year relationship. Their split tears at our freshly mended ...
Nick Jonas has already gone solo musically, but it seems he'd now like to do the same in his personal life. The single JoBro told Los Angeles ...
Justin Bieber's presence is requested in Florida, but, unfortunately for him, not by his fans. According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Bieber to come back...
Another week of Fantasy Football means another week of triumph, or in my case, heartbreak. My team, Good Better Besser, lost again this week. And to add ...
Single? Find yourself a John Legend. The man knows exactly what to say when his wife, model and social media guru Chrissy Teigen is brought up. In his ...
Justin Theroux is one year into his union with Jennifer Aniston, and he's happily married. His secret to success: kindness. The Girl on the Train star ...
Jennifer Garner's most important alias of the past decade has definitely been her role as a mother. The 44-year-old has three children (Violet, 10, ...
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna aren't broken up after all, y'all. They just are a experimenting with living in separate homes until the baby arrives, ...