#YesAllWomen has turned into a movement

Commentary by Zoie Nelson
Times-News correspondent

   Girls are taught every day how to make life easier for men. They’re taught to never show too much skin or else they’re just asking for the attention from men down the street. They’re taught to never intoxicate themselves too much or else it gives men a reason to take advantage of them. They’re taught to always do what men say or else it might be the last thing you’re told. But now women are taking a stand.
In March 2014, Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old man, went on a shooting rampage throughout Santa Barbra, Calif., killing six people and himself. Right before he turned the gun on himself he uploaded a video to YouTube blaming all the women that rejected him and the men that were more sexually active than him for his anger. When police searched his house and computer they found many more documents blaming women for his anger toward the human race.
Women from all across America were outraged that Rodger would blame women for his shooting rampage and took to the social media website, Twitter, to speak about it. They used the hashtag #YesAllWomen as they spoke of how women are the victims of assault, rape or harassment daily, yet when one man has a problem he gets to go on a shooting rampage.
Now, eight months later, Yes All Women has turned into a movement. Women add new Tweets every day hoping society will quit treating domestic assault, rape and harassment against women as though it is no big deal because of how common it is.
“More people are concerned about why women stay in abusive relationships than why men are ABUSING women #YesAllWomen,” one Tweet reads from the Twitter account YesAllWomen. Many men use the argument that not all men are like that, not all men are pigs, “Not ALL men harass women, but ALL women have, at some point, been harassed by men. Food for thought. #YesAllWomen,” Tweeted Adelaide Kane one day. Today almost 1 million Tweets are out in the world.
For more information you can find Yes All Women on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

 Zoie Nelson is a sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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