This tragic event inspired the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen and created a movement. It’s worth rehashing with all students for a variety of sensitive issues.
In May of 2014, a disturbed 22-year-old went on a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California. He blamed his “retribution” on the women who would not date him, obviously failing to realize that women aren’t into psychopathic murderers.
Unfortunately, some people seem to agree that perhaps the girls who wouldn’t date him are to blame for the loss of seven lives. Fortunately, the rest of the people in the world have responded to this blatant stupidity with possibly the largest Twitter hashtag movement in recent social media history: #YesAllWomen.
The hashtag is a chance for all women and men to speak up about how warped society can be when it comes to gender objectification. This isn’t a bunch of girls being dramatic. This is a worldwide collective of voices speaking the truths that you don’t want to hear.
I am not going to give any more attention to the idiot from Isla Vista. Instead, I’m going to focus on the possibility of revolution that comes from the tragedy. Check out some of these #YesAllWomen Tweets, and join the revolution yourself:
If you’re even partially human, your arms are covered in goosebumps by now. In the five minutes it took me to aggregate these tweets, 737 more tweets have been added to #YesAllWomen.
I’m Hoping for more. I’m hoping for better. I’m hoping that you’re hoping, too.
What do you think? Can we talk about this in school?
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