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#YesAllWomen is a Twitter hashtag campaign launched to raise awareness of misogyny and violence against women in the wake of the 2014 Isla Vista Killings. in May 2014. The hashtag can be seen as the counter-rebuttal to the Not All Men meme, as it is mainly used by women to share their personal experiences with street harassment, sexism and gendered violence that they believe to be commonly shared experiences.


On May 24th, one day after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger shot and killed six students, injuring 13 others, the hashtag #YesAllWomen was introduced by Twitter users AnnieCardi[1] and Gildedspine,[2] both of whom have made their Twitter account private since it took off. The hashtag came as a response to the manifesto videos Rodger had posted on YouTube prior to his attack which suggested he would kill women because he had been rejected romantically by women.


Within four days, the hashtag[3] was tweeted out more than 1.5 million times. On May 26th, the Twitter account Yesallwomen[11] was created. Within 48 hours, the account gained over 13,000 followers.

News Media Coverage

On May 25th, 2014, Buzzfeed[14] published an article titled "Twitter Responds To Santa Barbara Shootings With #YesAllWomen Hashtag," which explains the origin of the hashtag and includes a roundup of tweets using the hashtag. On May 26th, Mashable[12] published an article titled "How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began," which follows the start and spread of the hashtag. The same day the hashtag was covered by CNN[13], The New Yorker[15] and The Washington Post.[16]

Celebrity Tweets

On May 25th, 2014, several celebrities tweeted their experiences with sexism and harassment using the hashtag including Amy Schumer[4], Felicia Day[5] and Aimee Mann.[6]

Amy Schumer @amyschumer * Follow Because l once flew cross country sitting next to James Toback #YesAllWomen Reply t. Retweet * Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 144 :44 AM-25 May 2014 Felicia Day @feliciaday Follow When a woman makes a video, most comments are about tearing apart her looks Or if they'd "do" her. With a man, almost none. #YesAllWomen Reply t Retweet ★ Favorite More FAVORITES 3,236 4,453 10:38 PM-25 May 2014 * 塩Follow Aimee Mann @aimeemann The cops who asked me "Well, what were you wearing?" when I reported an attack and attempted r---. #YeSA|Women Reply Retweet ★ Favorite RETWEETSFAVORITES 1,774 2,621 6:47 PM -25 May 2014 More

The same day, Girls actress and writer Lena Dunham also used the hashtag to tweet[8] out her story of the harassment she received after she had rejected a boy in high school. Several websites covered her use of the hashtag including Buzzfeed[7] and The Independent.

Lena Dunham ) @lenadunham Follow I didn't choose to love him he would make me, followed by a series of graphic threats... Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite RETWEETSFAVORITES 456 1,842 10:05 PM - 25 May 2014 More Lena Dunham Φ @lenadunham Follow My school handled it quickly and never questioned how I'd "provoked" him and it told me that I matter. I wish that for every woman Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite RETWEETSFAVORITES 516 3,737 10:06 PM-25 May 2014 More

Notable Examples

Laurie Penny @PennyRed * Follow Becau as if men can't and shouldn't take se we are told that boys will be boys er actions. #yesal!women Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETSFAVORITES ,000 956 5:58 AM-27 May 2014 Follow RichelleCarey #YesAllWomen because I went on a 15 minute walk today and was called 'baby' by strangers 3 times. Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 10 19 2:47 PM-27 May 2014 * Lumsden @andreatome Follow Because society still teaches women to avoid r--- #YesAllWomen Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETSFAVORITES 16 10 2:21 PM -27 May 2014 * Dean Garlick @dean garlick Follow Dear men: women don't owe you a goddamn thing. That's right, not even a smile. #YesAllWomen Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 冏ゴ週謎駉圓偶且Es 1,207 1,615 9:51 AM -26 May 2014 * 塩Follow John Hodgman? @hodgman B/c If the worst my daughter has to confront is getting trolled by a men's right's dude on the internet, that is BAD ENOUGH #YesAllWomen Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 126 10:45 AM-27 May 2014 Jennifer Sky @Jennifer Sky Follow Because women account for 85% of all median hourly wages of men. #YesAllWomen Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 10 :18 AM-27 May 2014

When Women Refuse

On May 26th, 2014, the Tumblr blog WhenWomenRefuse[17], which collects examples of violence against women at the hands of men they romantically rejected, was created. The blog was featured on several sites including The Huffington Post[18], Mashable[19] and The Washington Post.[20]

My high school teacher was killed by her husband after she filed for divorce Woman separates from her husband, he waits in the parking lot at her job and murders her, then drives off and kills himself. High School Senior Murdered by Ex-Boyfriend While Walking Home from School


On May 26th, 2014, the satirical hashtag #YesAllCats was first tweeted out by Twitter user SunnyDownSnuf[21] (below, far left). Within a week[22] the hashtag was tweeted out over 11,000 times. On June 1st, the hashtag was covered by Twitchy.[28]

* 塩Follow Sunny Down Snuff @SunnyDownSnuf @Choire #yesalicats わReply Retweet ★ Favorite More 2:36 PM - 26 May 2014 Dominick Decocco @Romal17 I need felinism because l shouldnt have to look both ways to cross the road to avoid being killed #Yesalicats #victimblaming #roadkilicuture Reply Delete * Favorite More LadyC @LadyC_78 Follow Smash the pawtriarchy! #YesAllCats Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More FAVORITES 2 RETWEET 3:05 PM-2 Jun 2014


On May 28th, 2014, the hashtag #Allmencan was introduced by Twitter user PenguinGalaxy[23] (below, far left) as a way for men to discuss how they can reduce sexism and deal with the grievances aired through #Yesallwomen. In less than a week the hashtag was tweeted out[24] over 11,000 times. The hashtag was covered by several websites including Policy Mic[25], Feministing[26] and The Frisky.[27]

Alice @PenguinGalaxy * Follow #AllMenCan say "not cool" instead of politely laughing or keeping quiet when iheir poors make sexisi joks わReply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 86 58 6:51 PM-28 May 2014 Charles Clymer @cmclymer * 塩Follow #AllMenCan have the maturity to follow brilliant women leaders. Great leadership does not know gender, and great men understand that. Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More FAVORITES 212 5:22 PM - 29 May 2014 ELIEL CRUZ @elielcruz Follow #AllMenCan listen to and validate women's experiences. Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 10 18 5:31 PM - 29 May 2014


On June 6th, 2014, The Washington Post[1] joined in on the national debate with an op-ed column titled “Colleges become the victims of progressivism" by Pulitzer Prize-winning American conservative commentator by George F. Will, in which the author suggests that rape is not an epidemic on college campuses and asserts that becoming a victim of sexual assault could become a point of pride for college students:

"Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."

On the following day, Will’s column was immediately met with heavy backlash from victims of campus sexual assaults on Twitter, which generated up to 20,000 mentions of the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege within the first week and ultimately prompted The St. Louis Post-Dispatch to drop his column in the wake of the controversy.

Amanda Marcotte @AmandaMarcotte * 塩Follow To this day, I struggle to believe people will really support me if I have serious problems #survivorprivilege わReply Retweet * Favorite More FAVORITES 12 9:05 PM-9 Jun 2014 9-liillil洪eali)( :li IPIkalink@ 塩Follow afeministabulous 97% of rapists will never see a day in jail and their victims won't get justice. #survivorprivilege Reply t Retweet ★ Favorite RETWEETSFAVORITES 159 More 90 8:54 PM-9 Jun 2014 * Lauren Redding eel.auren Redding Follow Mourning the person I was before the r---, the person I will never be again. I liked her a lot. She wasn't as scared #survivorprivilege Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 7:11 PM-9 Jun 2014 Danielle Dirks @danielledirks Follow Can @georgewillf please explain how #survivorprivilege works for all of those who have ended their lives? Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 40 42 4:33 PM-9 Jun 2014 Nancy Schwartzmarn @fancynancynyc Follow #Survivorprivilege is having your name and photo smeared in the press, and having the good people of Steubenville call you a w----. Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More TFAVORITES 17 4:46 PM-9 Jun 2014 Megan McCoy @GoTeamMegan Following Being afraid to post to this hashtag is #survivorprivilege New York, NY Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 9 17 1:17 PM-9 Jun 2014


On June 20th, 2014, Twitter user Mikki Kendall posted a tweet calling for people to refrain from trying to justify street harassment as a form of courtship, to which @Feminist_Inti chimed in with a toungue-in-cheek response (shown below).
Then on June 22nd, Twitter user @UJohnsmeyer replied to both users asking if they had ever considered that some men might just be striking up conversations with women they find attractive.

Mikki Kendal Karnythia Jun 20 Also can we stop pretending street harassment is about dating? It's never that. Never. If it was you wouldn't be screaming profanity Details Feminista Int. @Feminist Inti Jun 20 @Karnythia it's like the myth that r--- is about sex. Nope. Smh. SH is about power and control of women's liberty to walk in public space. Details Johnsmeyer @UJohnsmeyer Follow @Feminist Inti aKarnythia ever think that maybe a guy sees a chick he thinks is hot and just wants to try to start up a convo?

The tweet was subsequently criticized by several people following the conversation for misunderstanding the meaning of harassment, leading Kendall to post the hashtag #NotJustHello to emphasize that harassing behaviors should not be confused with polite greetings.[31]

Mikki Kendall @Karnythia Follow We do understand that it's #NotJustHello right? That street harassment is never that calm or polite? 10:10 AM- 22 Jun 2014 157 RETWEETS 100 FAVORITES

Many Twitter users subsequently began posting examples of street harassment and theories about motivating factors behind the behavior accompanied by the hashtag.[32][33] Later that day, The Daily Dot[29] published an article highlighting several notable #NotJustHello tweets (shown below).

The Negress @ericabrazelton Follow Street/sexual harassment is about controlling the ways femme people can exist as autonomous, especially in male spaces. #NotJustHello 12:30 PM-22 Jun 2014 6 RETWEETS 5 FAvVORITES Trudy @thetrudz Follow Says "hello" yet uses physical body of larger size or an actual car or block a door to be dominating during street harassment. #NotJustHello 10:39 AM 22 Jun 2014 57 RETWEETS 29 FAVORITES

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – anniecardi

[2] Twitter – gildedspine

[3] Topsy – #YesAllWomen

[4] Twitter – Amy Schumer

[5] Twitter – Felicia Day

[6] Twitter – Aimee Mann

[7] Buzzfeed – Lena Dunham Tweets Her Own Story Of Harassment In Support Of #YesAllWomen

[8] Twitter – Lena Dunham

[9] The Independent – Lena Dunham threatened by 'disturbed boy' as she joins #YesAllWomen campaign in wake of Elliot Rodger rampage

[10] The Independent – Lena Dunham threatened by 'disturbed boy' as she joins #YesAllWomen campaign in wake of Elliot Rodger rampage

[11] Twitter – yesaIIwomen

[12] Mashable – How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began

[13] CNN – California killer's misogynist rants inspire #YesAllWomen

[14] Buzzfeed – Twitter Responds To Santa Barbara Shootings With #YesAllWomen Hashtag

[15] New Yorker – The Power of #YesAllWomen

[16] The Washington Post – #YesAllWomen: Elliot Rodger’s misogynistic ravings inspire a powerful response on Twitter

[17] Tumblr – WhenWomenRefuse

[18] The Huffington Post – 'When Women Refuse' Tumblr Documents The Horror Of Gender-Based Violence

[19] Mashable – Tumblr Page Shows What Happens 'When Women Refuse' Sexual Advances

[20] The Washington Post – This is what happens ‘when women refuse’

[21] Twitter – SunnyDownSnuf

[22] Topsy – #yesallcats

[23] Twitter – PenguinGalaxy

[24] Topsy – #allmencan

[25] Policy Mic – 36 Men Show Us What Real Men's Activists Look Like

[26] Feministing – Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: #AllMenCan

[27] The Frisky – #AllMenCan Crowdsources How Men Can Be Good Allie

[28] Twitchy – Forget #YesAllWomen: #YesAllCats exposes true societal problems

[29] The Daily Dot – #NotJustHello identifies a troubling trend in street harassment

[30] Twitter – UJohnsmeyer

[31] Twitter – Karnythia

[32] Twitter – thetrudz

[33] Twitter – Ericabrazelton

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It's funny, though, because all these comments display the very hatred of men Rodger attempted to justify the shooting with. What do these tweets tell us?

-Men are all violent rapists by nature, but their crude, immoral minds can be enlightened with a simple "Man, no raping!" Furthermore, no woman could ever be a rapist.
-All men only want sex and never anything else. They will do anything for sex with a woman and assume all women want sex with them.
-Men are overstepping their bounds to expect even the slightest kindness from a women.


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