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#YesAllWomen but #NotAllMen: Two Shootings and a Social Media Movement

#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.  

Celebrities and MAKERS like Nancy Pelosi, Maria ShriverSophia Bush, Joyce Carol Oates, Lena Dunham, James Van Der Beek and Gabourey Sidibe have joined the movement.