As we continue to process the events of last Friday, in which 22-year-old Elliot Rodgers went on an anti-woman shooting spree he deemed "the Day of Retribution" in order to punish those women who rebuffed him, one hashtag has been proliferating immensely on Twitter. With "#YesAllWomen," many Twitter have been sharing their experiences as women in a culture where they do not feel safe. Some have shared personal experiences while others have pointed to broader social patterns and behaviors. But they all address head-on the dangers of being a woman in our culture—the type of dangers that just became more tangible with the actions of Elliot Rodger. The tweets are just as sobering as they are empowering:
When senseless tragedies like this happen, we try to look for something bigger, a pattern or a profile to which we can attach such devastation. And the trail of evidence and motivation left in Rodger's wake, the Youtube videos, the online posts, and the 141-page manifesto give us some semblance of that. Rodger's manifesto reveals that he resented men for having sex and falling in love with women just as much as he resented women for rebuffing him. But the focus of his rage and blame always remained on women, which apparently made his indignation reasonable.