A #YesAllWomen trend on Twitter has reached viral status this week after thousands of women across the U.S. have picked up the hashtag following the tragic shootings and misogynistic YouTube videos of suspect Elliot Rodger this week. Rodger — who is believed to have shot and killed a total of six people before ending his own life — had previously taken to social media to vent his “frustrations” online, threatening revenge on a number of nameless women for years of sexual limitation and social rejection. CNN reports this Monday, May 26, 2014, that both men and women are now speaking out about the tragedy, and what this sudden “Yes All Women” movement means to them in light of the deadly Santa Barbara, California, rampage that took place this Friday.
Murder suspect Elliot Rodger is the impetus for the #YesAllWomen trend that is continuing to spark responses throughout the Twitter-verse. Following the violent, senseless, and tragic shootings that resulted in a total of seven deaths earlier this week (including that of Rodger’s), news coverage took a deep look at a number of incoherent writings and YouTube video footage by the young male gunman, a hateful collection dubbed “My Twisted World.”
Within the eerie digital messages, Rodger discusses his pre-planned intentions to take the lives of his roommates, then go out and kill some female members of a nearby sorority that he believed signified all that is “wrong” with the world. In the clipped YouTube videos (which can be seen above via the link), Rodger can be heard saying that the world contained nothing more than too many beautiful women who were unwilling to give him the time of day. He was under the delusion that these young women continued to overlook him for all of the “obnoxious slobs out there” and ignorant men that still pervaded life in general.
According to Global News in a recent report, Rodger was quoted as saying that he never felt any girls were ever “attracted” to him, leading to his mental breakdown and eventual deadly rampage in California.
“You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls are not attracted to me,” Rodger said in his final YouTube video. “But I’ll punish you all for it.”
“I will punish all of you for it,” he said again in the chilling footage.
Where, then, does the hashtag phrase #YesAllWomen come from? Thousands of women from not only the U.S., but the entire world, are joining together to react to Rodger’s wrongful statements and “reasoning” behind the horrific attack. Here are just a few of the Twitter comments and voice posted so far on the social media site:
“Because I routinely get sexually harassed online (including rape threats) after my investigations air. Male reporters do not. #YesAllWomen”
“Because women are taught to hate themselves if men reject them, and men are taught to hate women if women reject them. #YesAllWomen”
“I can't stop reading all of the #YesAllWomen tweets. I'm so moved by so many of them.”
"#Yes All Women. Because I was afraid as a young girl to wear a tank top for fear of being sexually exposed or perceived."
Many more statements and brief testaments are available online through Twitter as well. What are your thoughts on this viral trend in the wake of such a public tragedy?