Twitter Responds To Santa Barbara Shootings With #YesAllWomen Hashtag

The tragedy in California has stirred a powerful reaction on social media.

1. In the wake of the killings in Isla Vista, it emerged that Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator, frequented “men’s rights” forums.

Via AP Photo/KEYT, John Palminteri

In one YouTube video, he said, “I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman.”

Rodger went on to stab three men to death in his apartment before shooting dead two women and a man. He then turned the gun on himself.

2. Some people on social media appeared to express sympathy for Rodger.

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4. In response, #YesAllWomen began to trend on Twitter last night. The hashtag began as a response to traditional male rights’ activists complaints such as “friend-zoning”.

5. But now wider concerns are being aired. They include harassment — physical or otherwise…

Because I now wear shorts under dresses in crowded bars after being groped and even penetrated by unseen hands. #YesAllWomen

— Laura (@LauraLikesWine)

#YesAllWomen have had a man deliberately press his groin against them in a crowded bus (I was 12).

— Paola Kathuria (@paolability)

I was 12, a cashier gave me slurpees in exchange for "hugs". Never went there again after he pulled me into his lap. #YesAllWomen

— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne)

I doubt I know a woman who saw that YouTube today and wasn't reminded of a man she's rejected who then scared her with anger. #YesAllWomen

— Ryan Case (@film114)

10. …and gender relations, among others.

Because we teach girls to dress decent instead of teaching boys to act decent. #YesAllWomen

— Laurène (@LaurneOrozco)

Because my mother was a victim of domestic violence and when she spoke out not one male police officer lent a helping hand #YesAllWomen

— ✨melanie✨ (@cholatella)

#yesallwomen because the phrase "you __________ like a girl" is still an insult

— leah (@weIIingtonkiss)

13. At the time of writing, the hashtag was the top trend on Twitter with nearly 150,000 people using it.

#YesAllWomen because we're taught to fear if we don't do everything "right" we asked for it if we get raped.

— Laurie Moody (@ljmBAMAfan)

Because some people's response to a fictional character was death threats against the actor who portrayed her. #SkylerWhite #YesAllWomen

— Barbara Haynes (@barbhaynes)

Because I'm tired of being referred to as a "female engineer". Just an engineer, thanks. #YesAllWomen

— Bekki (@pixelvixen)

16. Not all of the tweets were written by women.

Because the time between news of the mass shooting and a guy declaring the killer had a valid grievance was probably under 10s #YesAllWomen

— Dean Burnett (@garwboy)

Because the friendzone is the fictional exile of the entitled. “Sexual partner” is not a woman’s default mode. #yesallwomen

— Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney)

18. It forms a counterpoint to the “Not All Men” meme that grew in popularity earlier this year.

Because men reading this will think "yes some women" #YesAllWomen

— Bongo (@alyybongo)

Because a lot of you are reading these and thinking "ugh yeah, we get it. Calm down." #YesAllWomen

— Christine Nangle (@nanglish)

Note: BuzzFeed has received permission from all those featured in this post to use their tweets.


An earlier version of this post said Roger shot dead three women after stabbing three men to death. In fact two women and one man were shot dead. Thirteen other people were injured, eight of them from gunshot wounds and four others by blunt trauma sustained after being struck by the attacker’s vehicle.

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