Since Elliott Rodger's killing of six people in Santa Barbara over the weekend, media outlets have focused on the killer's 137-page manifesto, in which he narrates his outrage at women, whom he primarily blamed because they didn't want to date him.
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#Yesallwomen is an allusion to "not all men," a common rebuttal in gender discussion used (most often by men) to remind people who not all men are perpetrators of typical behavior, especially in aggression or sexism toward women. Since the shooting, women on the Internet have been tweeting about harassment, sexual assault, rape, feminism and women's rights, using the hashtag #Yesallwomen. The hashtag has served as an outlet for women to "express their solidarity in response to Rodger's hate-filled rants," CNN reported.
In other words, the hashtag is what many women are using to say that while not all men are sexist or misogynistic, all women have experienced sexual assault and harassment, or the fear of it, because of their gender. Here are a few examples of how women have used the hashtag: