Twitter responds to Santa Barbara shooter’s sympathizers with #YesAllWomen

A pointed take on #NotAllMen.

Mar 2, 2020, 4:06 am*



EJ Dickson

In the aftermath of the shooting rampage that killed seven people near UC Santa Barbara last Friday, it was reported that Elliot Rodger, the 22- year-old suspect in the mass killing, was a frequent poster on online “men’s rights” forums. He had also left behind a 141 page manifesto detailing his feelings of bitterness, loneliness, and hatred for women, as well as his fantasy of interning all women in concentration camps and slowly starving them to death.

“You girls have never been attracted to me,” he said in the final video on his YouTube channel. “I don’t know why you’ve never been attracted to me, but I’ll punish you all for it. It’s an injustice—a crime. I’m the perfect guy, yet you throw yourself at all these obnoxious men instead of me, a supreme gentleman… If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you.”

While some men on the Internet expressed sympathy for Rodger, or attempted to deflect the conversation surrounding the shooting by blaming his actions on the lack of adequate health care resources or lax gun control laws, many women on Twitter saw the shooting as symptomatic of the larger cultural problem of violence against women, and the way society teaches men like Rodger to feel entitled to women’s bodies. The conversation spawned #YesAllWomen, a twist on the male-led #NotAllMen hashtag that circulated last year in response to feminist complaints of sexism:

Sadly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, a handful of men on Twitter apparently felt their gender was under attack after #YesAllWomen started trending on Saturday. Some felt compelled to defend themselves by hijacking the hashtag, tweeting #NotAllMen in response:

Yet feminists on Twitter were quick to shut them down:

Screengrab via KRON 4/YouTube

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*First Published: May 25, 2014, 3:30 pm