Following the Isla Vista shooting tragedy on Friday, people are reacting in large volumes with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. Women and men are listening and sharing stories about how sexism and misogyny have affected their own lives. Twitter, the new medium for social activism, is responding to the attacks by 22-year-old gunman Elliot Rodger. Rodger had a long internet history of violent and angry feelings towards women. Misogyny is so pervasive in our society, it often leads to violence, like the ever rampant mass shootings. Despite the gunman’s mental state, misogyny is often considered the fault of the female. Thanks to hundreds of years of misogynistic ideology, men believe it is their right to female attention and sex. Violence against women is culturally acceptable in our sexist society and “dismissing violent misogynists as ‘crazy’ is a neat way of saying that violent misogyny is an individual problem, not a cultural one,” feminist blogger Melissa McEwan tweeted.
Feministing had the best “roundup” of articles about the Isla Vista shooting. Each expert on the topic truly speaks to all aspects of the shooting in relation to misogyny.
The New York Times also discussed the killings and the conversation about misogyny, sexual violence and deep-seated feelings of anger, horror, and sexual expectations directed at women.
Here is a link to the NBCNews article. I have also attached another article from Time: Opinion, “Misogyny Didn’t Turn Elliot Rodger Into a Killer” and an article from The Guardian, “Elliot Rodger’s California shooting spree: further proof that misogyny kills”
Another quote from Laurie Penny at The New Statesman, “Let’s call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism
The ideology behind these attacks – and there is ideology – is simple. Women owe men. Women, as a class, as a sex, owe men sex, love, attention, “adoration”, in Rodger’s words. We owe them respect and obedience, and our refusal to give it to them is to blame for their anger, their violence – stupid sluts get what they deserve. Most of all, there is an overpowering sense of rage and entitlement: the conviction that men have been denied a birthright of easy power.”
Sarah Kelly Shannon @thesarahkelly
Because sexual assault is so normalized that my sorority sisters called the poorly lit street behind our house “Rape Street.” #YesAllWomen
Natasha Scripture @natscript
#yesallwomen because I live in a world where my ‘no’ signifies the beginning of a negotiation that shouldn’t have to take place.