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#YesAllWomen – Twitter’s reaction to the Isla Vista killings


On Friday 23d May, a 22 year old man killed six people and injured thirteen in Isla Vista, California. Shortly after #ThePowerOfTwitter emerged once again.

Elliot Rodger who shot and stabbed six young people, including taking his own life, was a lonely misogynist.

Before the awful incident, the British born male said, in one of his YouTube manifestos: “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice… I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.”

The people of Twitter reacted strongly (and rightly so) with the hashtag ‘#YesAllWomen’ – which began to trend all over the world and instantly went viral. By 26th May the hashtag had been used 1.2 million times and had created 1.2 billion impressions, according to http://www.hashtags.org/government/popular-uprisings/social-media-users-respond-to-existing-dangers-towards-women-with-yesallwomen/

Many women and also men turned to the social media platform to express their feelings toward the dreadful event, share their experiences of sexual assault, misogyny and fear.

Celebrities including Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush), Constance Zimmer (@oczimmer) and James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) took to their accounts to show their support too.

The first tweet originated from Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) on Saturday 24th May.

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And from then on it continued…

tweets

Search #YesAllWomen on www.twitter.com for more tweets.

Get involved by tweeting your views and experiences on Twitter and use the hashtag ‘#YesAllWomen’

For more information, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27562917

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