#YesAllWomen but #NotAllMen: Two Shootings and a Social Media Movement
After two shootings aimed at women in one weekend, the country has responded with a social media movement around women's issues. The hashtag #YesAllWomen has gone viral, amassing 1.5 million tweets so far, and calls for an end to violence against women.
The tweets are protesting the societal ideas around women's bodies, calling out everyday sexisms ranging from street harrasment to the "all boys club" mentality on Wall Street. Women are also sharing stories of violent or aggressive behavior they've encountered when rejecting sexual advances. The campaign speaks to the idea that #YesAllWomen experience gender inequality and fear sexually-motivated violence against them. The hashtag #NotAllMen is also trending in response, as an effort to keep the conversation neutral toward men in general.
While news has focused on the UCSB shooter's 137-page misogynistic manifesto, many are not aware that there was ANOTHER sexually-motivated shooting only hours after the college rampage. The second less-publicized shooting occurred in Stockton, California, where a man hosting a gathering in his home shot at three women who rejected the sexual advances of he and his friends. The women luckily ran out in time to avoid injury and police are still looking for the 21-year-old suspect. But the identical motivations of both tragic incidents have shone a very bright light on societal ideas around the female body.
Sparking fear, anger and solidarity, the attacks have brought up feelings women have everyday, but don't always have a place to share. The consensus seems to be that there's a societal feeling of entitlement toward the female body - that society has taught men that they can use violence to punish and weaken women's ownership of their own bodies. Though sparked by a tragedy, the movement has made women feel empowered and given them a collective voice on social media.
As a woman & a mom of 2 girls & 2 boys. Their futures will be better when both genders come together to respect for the other. #YesAllWomen
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) May 27, 2014
Just gotta say, on the almost-summer's day, I love you my brave web friends #YesAllWomen
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 27, 2014
I shouldn't have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen deserve to live free from threats of domestic violence & sexual assault. We must shine a bright light on such despicable crimes
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 27, 2014
Why does the suggestion that half the human race be treated with respect by the other half arouse such fury in the latter half?#YesAllWomen
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) May 27, 2014
1 in 6 men will be sexually abused b4 the age of 18. Meaning, u R more likely to be abused than 2b FALSELY accused of rape #YesAllWomen
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) May 26, 2014
— Connor Csaszar (@Connor_Csaszar) May 27, 2014
#YesAllWomen Because recognition of human dignity elevates all of us.
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) May 26, 2014
— Jenni Chiu (@MommyNaniBooboo) May 26, 2014
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 27, 2014
I can't stop reading all of the #YesAllWomen tweets. I'm so moved by so many of them.
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) May 26, 2014
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) May 26, 2014