I doubt I need to explain it, but in the wake of the Santa Barbara killings by an avowed misogynist and terrorist1, the hashtag #YesAllWomen exploded on social media—partly in response to the often petulant defense offered by men when systemic misogyny is pointed out, “But not all men are like that.”

The #YesAllWomen hashtag quickly developed into an opportunity for many women to document what they have had to put up within our culture. Now, I’ve had my say on this topic more than once. Rather than share my own thoughts again, I’m going to link to some of the very many posts and Tweets I’ve seen over the last two days.

First, a quote from Margaret Atwood, who crystallizes the over-arching issue so well.

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.

Some Tweets:

(Side note, Victoria Dahl has written a number of powerful posts on her Tumblr account on the ongoing War Against Women. She’s been a critical part of my own education on feminism. Rather than link directly to the posts in question, I encourage you to scroll through all the lovely images she also posts.)

Obviously there are thousands more. The #YesAllWomen hashtag is well worth your time. I do want to add one more tweet before I move on to other things I’ve read.

And now some posts.

Being Young, Female, and Vulnerable by catagator.

To You Internet Misogynists by Yo, Is This Racist?

Feminists’ Inspiring Online Response To A Misogynist Mass Murderer by Rebecca Leber.

Not All Men, But Still Too Many Many Men by Chuck Wendig.

“Alpha Male” Elliot Rodgers’ Retribution by Courtney Caldwell.

What Elephant in What Room? by Ophelia Benson.

Let’s call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism by Laurie Penny.

Post updated to add: Tweets concerning UCSB shooting, misogyny, and masculinity by Imran Siddiquee.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here with these tweets and links. I’ve not even scratched the surface of the surface. Spend some time with the hashtag. Follow the links. Keep reading, keep listening. It’s way past time to pay attention.

One last tweet, by my friend Barbara Ellingson:


1 Yes, I said terrorist. My word choice was intentional. Had these very acts been committed by a non-white, non-conservative person the media would have been quick to brand it exactly what it is. CNN and Fox News may be anxious to shy away from the obvious, but I’m not. See the Laurie Penny story I link to above, and the quote below.

White privilege is posting a manifesto on Youtube and carrying out a mass shooting that causes more deaths than the Boston Marathon bombing and the media doesn’t label you a terrorist.
from patrickat