Jeff Bridges (@JeffBridges) discusses the problem with the assertion of #NotAllMen in his Time opinion piece, #NotAllMen don't get it. As he explains, after the killing spree in Isla Vista, California last month, some men took to the Internet to ensure people that not all men are like Elliot Rodger, who tired of being spurned by women (who owe him sex), decide to murder women, and the men with whom they apparently have sex.
In response to the belief that Rodger's actions were not rooted, at least somewhat, in misogyny, #YesAllWomen was born. The purpose of the hashtag is for women to give examples and share experiences of the "harassment and discrimination" (Wikipedia) they face. It is believed that ALL women have experienced harassment and discrimination because of their sex. Based on the fact that, within four days of its first use, the hashtag was used 1.2 million times (The Guardian), I tend to strongly believe that #YesAllWomen is an accurate aphorism.
Below are some of tweets that resonated with me.
As you can tell, this tweet is incredibly popular, as evidenced by its 4990 favourites. This sentiment really captures the agency women are denied over their own sexual choices.
I clearly remember walking down the halls at school (as a student), and absolutely hating this situation. During breaks, boys would line either side of the hallway (near the doors in the 800 Hall for ODSS students, past and present). For the most part, nothing nefarious happened, but there was the fear that something inappropriate would be said or done...because it did happen. And you could feel the eyes.
#YesAllWomen is a great hashtag to follow, but only for short periods of time, because it gets rather depressing. I have great hope that the actions and thoughts behind these tweets will be relics, and that my daughters, my students, and my friends will one day live in a world where #YesAllWomen doesn't have to exist.