“I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it,” he said. “On the day of retribution I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB. And I will slaughter every spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. … If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you. (laughs) You denied me a happy life, and in turn, I will deny all of you life.”
Quotes like these may sound like the thoughts of someone who is possibly suffering from mental illness, but the words — and more importantly, the entitlement expressed in what he says speaks volumes about the way men in general think about women. While a lot of men are eager to say that they are not all like this (#NotAllMen), women are just as eager to explain that they, we, ALL OF US, experience sexism, misogyny, and the general feeling of being unsafe because of the way men have historically treated women since the beginning of forever.
In response, the #YesAllWomen hashtag began, to show what sorts of sexism women go through on a daily basis.
Here are a few examples:
I shouldn’t have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 25, 2014
I am so damn angry that in 2014, the world is having a DAYS LONG conversation about whether women have permission to consent. #YesAllWomen
— Ms Elyse MoFo Andery (@dELYSEious) May 27, 2014
— Yes All Women (@yesaIIwomen) May 26, 2014
#yesallwomen because the media will mourn the lives of ruined high school football players, but not of the girls they assaulted
— amy (@eIectramy) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen because people still ask me if I’m on my period when I express my opinion on a subject.
— vicky (@THEBLACKWlDOW) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen because if your take-away is a bunch of nasty feminists bashing men, you’re not listening and likely part of the problem.
— Deanna Glaze (@monkishine) May 27, 2014
This is a conversation for both men and women to take part in. It’s also an opportunity to look through Twitter and realize just how common sexism is. Sometimes sexism is so common and entrenched in society’s belief system that we don’t even see it until someone else points it out. That’s why it’s so important to speak up and to also listen. #YesAllWomen face different degrees and forms of sexism. And #NoWeShouldn’tHaveTo.
We want to ask you, our MTV Act readers, to participate in the conversation. Tweet us your #YesAllWomen experiences, and we will publish some of the most powerful in a post later this week.
Photo: (The Atlantic)
Participate In #YesAllWomen
Tweet us your #YesAllWomen experiences and we will share some of the most powerful in a post later this week.