#YesAllWomen: Killing spree sparks furor about misogyny

#YesAllWomen: Killing spree sparks furor about misogyny

Elliot Rodgers from a Youtube video in which he lays out his rage against women.

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by JOLIE LEE

USA Today

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

SANTA BARBARA -- A deadly shooting rampage in California has sparked a conversation about sexual violence, with women sharing stories of harassment, abuse and fear using the hashtag #YesAllWomen on Twitter.

Elliot Rodger, 22, who killed six people before apparently shooting himself in Isla Vista, Calif., Friday night, made misogynous comments in videos and his lengthy manifesto.

In one YouTube video, Rodger sits behind the wheel of a car with tinted windows parked in front of palm trees talking of "loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires" and blames women for throwing themselves at "obnoxious brutes" but rejecting him, "the supreme gentleman."

"You girls have never been attracted to me," he said. "I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it. It is an injustice, a crime."

Women's comments on Twitter revealed frustration and anger with the acceptance that "boys will be boys," that women are responsible for not being raped rather than men not raping, and the other incidences of campus violence, such as the rapes in Steubenville, Ohio.

"#YesAllWomen because instead of teaching men not to treat women like crap, we teach women not to take it," one woman tweeted.

Another wrote, "Because every time I walk across a parking lot at night, I hold my keys like a weapon #YesAllWomen."

As of Tuesday morning, the hashtag was used more than 1.4 million times, according to social analytics website Topsy.com.

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