This weekend’s response to Elliot Rodger’s killing spree has been a strong and controversial online testimony to the how “yes, all women” have been harassed or made to feel unsafe by men around us. The Twitter #YesAllWomen hashtag has been opening up conversations in light of a tragedy perpetrated by someone who killed six people and then himself because women didn’t respond to him in a way he felt entitled to.
Unfortunately, here in geek culture, we have our own issues too. Here are some heartbreaking and eye-opening tweets.
#YesAllWomen bc game devs objectifying women is excused w “we grew up on comics” but women who grew up on comics “can’t” internalize sexism
— ReinaChingadaDeTodo (@MommysaurusRAWR) May 26, 2014
I’m too scared to write about comics, my passion, bc i don’t think I’m strong enough to handle the comments #YesAllWomen
— Ashley (@ashleyjperna) May 25, 2014
Fortunately, the outpouring of support has been phenomenal. #YESAllWomen has already been covered by the likes of The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and more. Let’s hope this hashtag activism isn’t just a flash in the pan. Keep the conversation going to make it a safer place for everyone.